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(AP) A federal judge in Pennsylvania plans to hold a trial in a national test case over laws that threaten renters with eviction for making too many 911 calls.

U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno expects what he called the "complex and novel" case to eventually reach a federal appeals court, and scheduled a trial for next year.

The American Civil Liberties Union believes the laws endanger domestic violence victims and violate their free-speech rights.

The test case involves a Norristown, Pa., woman, Lakisha Briggs.

After a series of police calls involving her adult daughter, Briggs was afraid to call police during an attack by an ex-boyfriend.

The Norristown law orders landlords to evict tenants after three 911 calls within four months. City officials say it's designed to promote peaceful neighborhoods and discourage nuisance calls.

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