As readers know, former council member Dan Clawson’s frivolous and politically motivated lawsuit was resoundingly tossed out by King County Superior Court in December.
A few weeks ago, the judge ordered that Dan Clawson pay $829.00 plus 12 % interest for the trouble he caused us.
Some may say it should have been more, but at least it is MORE THAN DOUBLE the maximum fine that could have been collected in a legitimate Open Public Meeting Action against four defendants. And in addition to the $829.00, he also has lost his own billable time (he served as his own attorney) and legal out-of-pocket costs.
I think the Honorable Judge has made it clear to Dan Clawson that the Court and the Open Public Meetings Act are in place for serious business, not for abuse and manipulation in political campaigns.
Here is most of the text from the order (the actual documents are shown below):
CASE NO. 07-2-30322-7
Dan Clawson, Plaintiff vs. Randy Corman; Denis Law; Marcie Palmer; and Don Persson
Judgment Creditors: Randy Corman; Denis Law; Marcie Palmer; and Don Persson
Judgment Debtor: Dan Clawson
Total Judgment: $829.00
Judgment Interest Rate: 12% per annum
THIS MATTER came before the Honorable Mary Yu on December 12. 2008, on Defendants’ motion for Summary Judgement Under the Open Public Meetings Act. On that date, the Court entered an Order Granting Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgement Under the Open Public Meetings Act dismissing the cause of action in its entirety, with prejudice, and provided for entry of a Judgment in the City’s favor; now, therefore,
IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that the City is granted judgment against Dan Clawson for statutory attorneys’ fees in the amount of $200.0, and statutory costs in the amount of $629.00.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that the interest on the total judgment amount of $829.00 shall accrue at the rate of 12% per annum from the date of entry of this Judgment.
DONE IN OPEN COURT this 16th day of January, 2009.
Signed, Judge Mary Yu
Note that the Honorable Superior Court Judge in this case was voted Washington State Judge of the Year by the Washington chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is highly respected for her fairness, wisdom, and patience. Read more about Judge Mary Yu here.
(For further background on this case, click on the “dan clawson” tag immediately below)