updated 12/23/2008 4:04:56 PM ET 2008-12-23T21:04:56

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday against the ritzy Southern California city of Laguna Beach over its treatment of the homeless.

The lawsuit claims the city has engaged in a campaign of harassment against the homeless while providing no city-sponsored shelters.

City officials planned a news conference later Tuesday to respond.

The lawsuit addresses an ordinance that criminalizes sleeping on the street, which ACLU attorneys say is unconstitutional.

The town, nestled on bluffs above coves and tide pools, is famous for art galleries and luxury hilltop homes with Pacific vistas. It is also the setting of MTV's hit reality show "Laguna Beach."

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