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
  • Order granting motion to stay case pending appeal
  • Appeal scheduling order. Case 18-35053. Opening brief due May 3, 2018.

 

First in Time Tenants Regulation

Landlords vs City of Seattle
  • King County Superior Court case 17-2-05595-6
  • Complaint and related post
  • Amended complaint
  • Response by City of Seattle
  • Motion by plaintiffs for summary judgment
  • Order by judge setting case schedule
  • City reply brief and motion for summary judgment
  • Plaintiffs’ response to city brief
  • RHA memo in support of plaintiffs
  • City reply to plaintiffs’ response
  • Hearing scheduled for 2/23/18.
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.
  • Denial of direct appeal to Supreme Court; case sent to Court of Appeals
  • Court of Appeals case 779184

 

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
  • DOJ additional brief on SPMA contract and Lyles shooting
  • CPC additional brief on SPMA contract and Lyles shooting
  • City additional brief on SPMA contract and Lyles shooting
  • Emergency motion to intervene by Lyles estate
  • Brief by city opposing intervention by Lyles estate
  • Order denying Lyles estate’s motion to intervene, and finding the city in “full and effective compliance”
  • City’s proposed sustainment plan
  • Letters from US Government and police monitor in support of sustainment plan
  • Order approving sustainment plan
Charleena Lyles wrongful death suit
  • King County Superior Court case 17-2-23731-1
  • Complaint (October 2017)  listing City of Seattle and two police officers as defendants
  • Amended complaint (December 2017) adding Solid Ground to list of defendants
  • Order setting hearing date on officers’ motion to dismiss for February 23rd
  • Order dismissing certain claims
  • Motion to dismiss filed by Solid Ground
  • Order continuing the case until January 14, 2019 and updating the case schedule
  • Order dismissing Solid Ground from the case

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
  • Notice of appeal directly to state Supreme Court
  • Order denying motion for sanctions
  • City of Seattle’s brief on grounds for direct appeal to Supreme Court
  • EOI’s brief on grounds for direct appeal to Supreme Court

 

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
  • Notice of developments in multi-district jurisdiction case
  • conditional transfer order of Seattle case into multi-district jurisdiction case
  • Filing by Seattle in opposition to conditional transfer order
  • Order by multi-district litigation panel scheduling hearing (without oral argument) for January 25.
  • Order by judge extending filing deadlines until after January 25th hearing and renoting decision on city’s motion to remand to February 2nd (after January 25th hearing on conditional transfer order)
  • Order by multi-district litigation panel transferring the case to the Northern District of Ohio to be consolidated with other cases. Assigned to Judge Dan Polster.
  • Case number 1:18-op-45089, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

 

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. Briefings filed by 2/1/18.

 

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
  • Motion by US Attorneys to extend briefing schedule
  • Order setting briefing schedule.
  • Government’s response brief
  • Order extending date for reply brief – due April 27. Petition will be considered on May 4th.

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