Court cases

Here are the high-profile court cases that the City of Seattle is currently involved in.

 

Uber lawsuits

Uber (Rasier) vs. City of Seattle
  • King County Superior Court case 17-2-00964-4
  • Complaint — Plaintiff’s challenge to city’s rulemaking
  • City’s response
  • Order in favor of city
  • Notice of appeal to Court of Appeals, Division I, case 766783
  • Case stayed pending ruling on a related case
U.S. Chamber of Commerce vs. City of Seattle
Uber drivers vs. City of Seattle
  • U.S. District Court case 2:17-cv-00382
  • Complaint and related post
  • City’s motion to dismiss, plaintiffs’ brief in opposition, city’s reply
  • Order granting motion to dismiss
  • Notice of appeal to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals case 17-35693
  • Appeal schedule
  • Uber drivers opening brief
  • City’s brief due 12/1/17
  • Oral arguments scheduled for 2/5/18, 9:00am

 

Sanctuary city

City of Seattle vs Trump, et al
  • U.S. District Court case 2:17-cv-00497
  • Complaint filed by City of Seattle and related post
  • Memo by Attorney General interpreting executive order and related posts here and here 
  • Motion to dismiss by US government and related post
  • Response by City of Seattle to motion to dismiss
  • Reply by US Government to city’s response
  • Order denying motion to dismiss
  • Case stayed until similar case in Northern California is resolved

Homeless sweeps

ACLU vs City of Seattle
  • U.S. District Court case 2:17-cv-00077
  • Complaint by ACLU and related post
  • ACLU’s motion for a temporary restraining order and related post
  • City’s response to motion for TRO
  • Order denying temporary restraining order and related post
  • motion to certify class
  • Amended complaint
  • City’s response
  • WSDOT’s response
  • Amended complaint #2
  • Motion for preliminary injunction
  • City’s opposition to preliminary injunction
  • Order denying ACLU’s motion to certify a class or plaintiffs and denying temporary restraining order
  • ACLU petition with 9th Circuit court of Appeals for permission to appeal (appeals court has not ruled)  Case 17-80214
  • Motion to stay district court case pending appeal
  • Waiting on judge’s ruling on motion to stay

 

First in Time Tenants Regulation

Landlords vs City of Seattle
RHA vs City of Seattle
  • King County Superior Court case 17-2-13662-0
  • Complaint
  • City’s motion to reassign case to same judge as landlords case above
  • RHA’s objection to reassigning the case
  • Judge’s order denying reassignment

 

Initiative 124 — Protections for Hotel Workers

American Hotel and Lodging Association, Seattle Hotel Association and Washington Hospitality Association vs. City of Seattle
  • King County Superior Court case 16-2-30233-5
  • Complaint
  • Motions for summary judgment by plaintiffs and defendant
  • Ruling in favor of City of Seattle (related post)
  • Appeal by plaintiff directly to State Supreme Court, case  947279. Court has not yet decided whether to accept the case (up for consideration January 2)

 

Democracy Vouchers

Elster vs. City of Seattle

 

Police Reform: Seattle Police Department Consent Decree

U.S. Department of Justice vs. City of Seattle
  • U.S. District Court case 2:12-cv-1282-JLR
  • DOJ web site for case, including legal filings, police monitor compliance reports, and other documents
  • Complaint
  • Settlement agreement
  • Post on police monitor’s “use of force” report
  • police monitor’s latest compliance report (9-8-2017)
  • Post with latest update on police accountability legislation
  • Post on appeals court ruling approving SPD’s “use of force” policy
  • City’s motion to declare full and effective compliance with consent decree (9-29-17)
  • DOJ’s response to motion to declare full and effective compliance
  • CPC’s response to motion to declare full and effective compliance
  • Order from judge requesting additional briefs on SPMA contract and Force Review Board’s findings on shooting of Charleena Lyles — briefs due 12/8
  • Letter from City Attorney to judge on SPMA contract

 

Income Tax

Kunath et al vs. City of Seattle
  • King County Superior Court case 17-2-18848-4  (consolidated from several cases)
  • Complaint and related post
  • Case schedule
  • City’s motion for summary judgment and accompanying press release  (9/29/17)
  • Responses to motion to dismiss (here, here and here) with cross-motion for summary judgment
  • Amicus brief by Rental Housing Association of Washington
  • Brief from Economic Opportunity Institute
  • Brief from City of Seattle
  • Brief from Kunath
  • Brief from Economic Opportunity Institute (in support of city)
  • Order consolidating Shock vs. City of Seattle into this case
  • Hearing on motion to dismiss/cross-motion held November 17th (related post)
  • Ruling in favor of plaintiffs
  • Motion by Kunath plaintiff for sanctions against defendants for litigating a frivolous case
  • Filing by other plaintiffs declining to join motion for sanctions
  • Response to motion for sanctions by City of Seattle
  • Response to motion for sanctions by Economic Opportunity Institute

 

Opioid Epidemic

City of Seattle vs. Purdue Pharma et al
  • King County Superior Court case 17-2-25505-0
  • Complaint and accompanying press release
  • Removed to US District Court, case 2:17-cv-01577
  • City’s motion to remand the case back to state courts
  • Defendants’ opposition to remanding the case
  • Defendants’ motion to stay the case pending consolidation into multi-district litigation case
  • City’s opposition to staying the case

 

Safe Consumption Sites

Protect Public Health vs Freed et al
  • Complaint
  • King County Superior Court case 17-2-21919-3
  • City of Seattle’s motion to intervene
  • Order granting city’s motion to intervene
  • City’s motion for declaratory judgment
  • Order granting motion for declaratory judgment
  • Notice of appeal directly to Washington Supreme Court, case 951349
  • Supreme Court has not yet decided whether to take the case

 

City-wide MHA Environmental Impact Statement Appeal to Hearing Examiner

 

Government Surveillance

Petition by The Stranger to stop the Court from indefinitely sealing surveillance warrants
  • U.S. District Court case 2:17-mc-00145-RSL
  • Petition

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