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Arrested at WTO Seattle?

Please help get information out to folks arrested in the afternoon of Dec 1
1999 at 1st & Broad during the WTO protests in Seattle.
Hello all,

Please read this important message (even -?especially?- if you were not in
this group of arrestees)



As the attorneys explain below, the judge agreed to the settlement so now
people must TURN IN THEIR PAPERWORK BY JUNE 22nd to be included in the class
and receive the $$ they are due. It's no longer just a possibility, this is
happening and the time frame is short so please help now.

Yes, NOW is the time to work those networks to get this information out to
folks who might be out of the loop. This is no small task and the attorneys
can only do so much.
We know folks.
We have websites on which we can post announcements that arrestees
might see (hint hint)
We have the networks and, without them, many will never know that the
city settled their case ...

LET'S USE THESE NETWORKS TO GET THE WORD OUT.
TELL FOLKS TO CONTACT the attorneys (info below) so they can send them
forms to complete. NOW is the time to do it since they will only have until
JUNE 22nd to return the forms.

Wouldn't it be great is we could get everyone arrested at 1st & Broad to
participate!!!!

It would also be great if folks would cc me their information so I can
reach them better next time, but that's up to them.
... AND anyone arrested during WTO but not at this location should also get
their current info to me so we can reach them better if the other case ever
gets resolved.

In solidarity,
Erica
Jane WTO #890
 can@drizzle.com
206-568-7110

P.S. If you yourself were arrested at 1st & Broad and you want to
participate but haven't received your letter yet, definitely get your
current mailing address to the lawyers... ASAP ...so they can send it to
you.

PPS. No apologies this time for duplicate posts. :-} If you are getting
this multiple times, it just means you are still accessible this way. BUT
many many other folks aren't; I'd like every arrestee to get this at least
the one time they need so they'll know what's up.
***********************
Message from Tyler Weaver, attorney who has worked on this and made it
happen!

If you could distribute this message to your email list, I would appreciate
it.

This is a message from the primary attorney on the litigation against the
City of Seattle over the WTO. For those arrested at First Avenue and Broad
Streets on December 1, 1999, there have been two important, recent
developments in the case.

1. Judge Pechman finally gave her preliminary approval to the settlement
reached in January. As a result, today we are mailing, to all of the class
members for whom we have addresses, a notice explaining the details of the
settlement and a claim form approved by the court. If you have given us
your address, you should be receiving this sometime next week. To receive a
settlement award, you MUST a) be a member of the class arrested at First and
Broad, and b) return your claim no later than June 22, 2004. If you were
arrested at First and Broad but do not receive a notice in the mail within
10 days, please either email us (at  Allison@hagens-berman.com ) or call us
at 1-877-694-0660 (press 9, then 7).

If you are returning a claim form but were arrested and booked as a John or
Jane Doe, I strongly encourage you to provide us with whatever other
information you have that indicates you are a class member, such as your
processing number or a copy of your processing papers.

2. On our motion, Judge Pechman also recently ordered the City to seal the
arrest records for all of those arrested at First and Broad, and furthermore
to remove all records of the arrests from the databases it uses to give
information to outside agencies. This should help considerably in clearing
the records of those who were arrested at First and Broad, although even
after the City cleans its databases, there may be some residual effect in
national databases that have the old information. We had requested that the
court order the City to inform any such databases, but the order did not go
that far. A copy of the court's order is attached to this email.

For those arrested inside the city's no-protest zone, not at First and
Broad, we continue to await the decision of the Ninth Circuit. We hope to
eventually be able to send a similar email telling you that we have also
recovered on your behalf and that your records have also been sealed. For
now, all we can do is wait and hope the court rules in our favor.

Tyler Weaver
Hagens Berman LLP