State Supreme court declines to hear I-124 case appeal

Today the Washington State Supreme Court issued an order denying a direct appeal of the challenge to the I-124 ordinance instituting protections for hotel workers.

After a King County Superior Court judge ruled in the city’s favor last year, the plaintiffs filed a petition for direct appeal to the Supreme Court, bypassing the state Court of Appeals. But the odds that the Supreme Court would take it directly was always low.

With today’s ruling, the case is redirected back to the Court of Appeals, where it will take several months to work its way through the system. It’s possible that the Supreme Court will have another crack at it then, with the full benefit of the appeals court’s scrutiny and deliberations first.