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02-22-2013, 10:50 PM
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Judge dismisses suit holding up Seattle arena

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...Sports+News%29

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The lawsuit, brought by a local longshoreman's union, argued that the backers of the proposed stadium - including private investors, the city of Seattle, and county officials - violated the State Environmental Policy Act because they did not complete an environmental impact statement prior to striking a deal last year to build a multi-use arena adjacent to the city's port.

Attorneys for the union said a traffic influx from the proposed arena would stifle transportation corridors leading in and out of the port, one of the nation's busiest.

Attorneys for Seattle, King County, and lead investor Chris Hansen's development company, WSA Properties III, argued their "memorandum of understanding" to build a stadium did not represent an action that required an environmental impact statement, but such a statement would be completed anyway.

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Yea this was expected they had little legal ground to challenge it based on the claims they made. Nevermind they could had waited till the EIS was done then make a challenge then which they can do. IMO if i was the ILWU i would hire a better lawyer.

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Funny I just got a mental image of a bunch of bearded men in wool hats and raincoats sitting in a courtroom.

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Kinda bizarre that a longshoreman's union is the one fighting it.

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Kinda bizarre that a longshoreman's union is the one fighting it.
With a terrible lawyer in fact. It wouldn't surprise me if the ruling was already made up during/after their lawyer was speaking. The judge read the briefings and had a general idea of what he was arguing.

What makes it funny is the lawyer was practically arguing with the judge that kept interrupting him to counter his arguments.

Yea its the port of Seattle that should be fighting it but they backed off and looking at what they could get out of that transportation fund thats included in the deal.

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Funny I just got a mental image of a bunch of bearded men in wool hats and raincoats sitting in a courtroom.
That's OK - many still suffer from Isles uniform flashbacks.

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That's OK - many still suffer from Isles uniform flashbacks.
I loved that uniform. It reminded me of Aladdin for some reason.

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