The judgement came Thursday after a jury in Superior Court decided against Schwilk in a defamation lawsuit filed two years ago against Schwilk and fellow activist Ray Carney, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The lawsuit was filed by Joanne Yoon, an independent ACLU contractor who monitored activities of the Minutemen at day-labor sites, where members of the anti-illegal immigrant group and their supporters frequently protested.
According to the lawsuit, Schwilk and Carney repeatedly referred to Yoon in e-mails and on the Web in vulgar terms, the Union-Tribune reported.
Schwilk's attorney, Howard Kaloogian, told the newspaper his client is likely to appeal.
"We think it was a wrongly decided case," Kaloogian told the Union-Tribune. "It makes no sense."
Daniel Gilleon, Yoon's attorney, told the newspaper the court entered a default judgment against Carney, who did not file a response to the complaint.
Punitive damages in the case against Schwilk will be decided Tuesday, according to the newspaper.
San Diego Fire Department is responding to a report of live wires on a building and in the road at Roselle Street and Tansy Street in Sorrento Valley.
An Escondido man who killed a friend after challenging the victim to a fight, then posted sounds of the victim crying during the attack on a social media site, was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder.
A family of four escaped their burning home Wednesday morning in San Diego's Pacific Highlands Ranch neighborhood near Carmel Valley, but their garage and two vehicles were destroyed by the fire and smoke damaged much of the home, causing a loss of about a quarter-million dollars, authorities said.
People from both sides of the gun debate spoke out Tuesday afternoon in front of the Del Mar Fairgrounds Board of Directors.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday awarded $326,776 in grants to groups that will manage and monitor waste, including sewage spills, along the U.S.-Mexico border.
An 11-year-old girl broke free from a would-be kidnapper Tuesday in Jamul, suffering a minor injury to an arm.
The green light was given Tuesday to a South Bay redevelopment project that has been in the works for years.
A caravan of around 400 men, women and children arrived at a shelter in Tijuana on Tuesday as part of an annual caravan of migrants from Central America.