Were you in SEATTLE in 1999 at the WTO Protests?
Do you know someone who was? Were you arrested?
Do you know someone who was???? Or someone who knows someone who....?¯
There has been a victory from a class action lawsuit and those involved need to take action now!!!!¯ PLEASE READ the message below and use your networks to get this message out.¯ AND join us in¯celebrating this victory! (Feel free to contact me (info below) for clarification if you don't really know what this is about.)
Please help get information out to folks arrested in the afternoon of Dec 1 1999 at 1st & Broad during the WTO protests in Seattle. 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.
It would¯ also be great if folks would cc me their information so I can reach them better next time, but¯my own request and¯isn't¯a part of the legal stuff¯directly ....it's up to them if they want to get my occasional emails about this stuff. ...¯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.
Erica Jane WTO #890
¯ 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.
Hagens Berman LLP
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Lauren C. Regan
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