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Seattle Police Settle World Trade Organization Protest Wrongful Arrest Suit for $1,000,000

In October of 2000, Kenneth Rankin, Denise Cooper, Jennifer Hudziec and Stephanie Lane, all Washington state residents, filed a class action in federal court challenging the constitutionality of their arrest by Seattle, Washington police during a protest of the World Trade Organization meeting in December of 1999. In December of 2006, on remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, a district court judge ruled that the arrests violated the class's due process rights, and the city agreed to settle the case.

The settlement agreement provided that the city would put $1 million in a trust account to be distributed among qualified class members; that arrest records of all class members would. be sealed; that Seattle police and police academy cadets would be trained. According to the Court's order outlining the constitutional violations during the arrests at issue and that the city wouldn't oppose the plaintiffs' .attorneys' motion for fees, so long as the request didn't exceed. $450,000. See: Rankin v. City of. Seattle, USDC WDWA, Caaw No. 1672R (2007). Documents related to the suit and settlement are posted in the briefbank.

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Rankin v. City of. Seattle