Class Action Lawsuit Against Port of Seattle Over 3rd Runway Denied

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Lawyer Darrell Cochran answers questions during an April 2009 community meeting.

On Monday (April 9), a King County judge denied class action status for over 300 homeowners who sued the Port of Seattle in 2009 over its use of Sea-Tac Airport’s controversial Third Runway, according to Jason Amala of the Seattle law firm Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala.

“The judge’s ruling means that thousands of homeowners affected by the Third Runway’s increased air traffic must each file individual lawsuits if they hope to recover for property damage caused by the roar of jet engines,” reads a statement on the firm’s website, which continues:

Plaintiffs Miriam Bearse, John McKinney and Darlene Moore sought permission from the court to represent all homeowners who have lost property value due to the Third Runway in a single class action lawsuit.  But in a 15-page written opinion issued on April 9, 2012, the Court denied the plaintiffs’ request and ruled that diminished property value, like that suffered by the plaintiffs, was too specific to each individual home and each homeowner for the lawsuit to be grouped together in a class action.

Tacoma attorney Darrell Cochran, who represents the plaintiffs, said that the court’s ruling will require all homeowners who have claims related to the Third Runway’s operations to come forward and file suit on their own.

“We already have 333 people who were waiting to see how the court would rule,” Cochran said.  “Now that class certification has been denied, we expect the number of people ready to file suit to protect their property rights to grow dramatically.”

Amala adds:

“If you are a homeowner who has lost property value or suffered other damages because of Seattle Tacoma International Airport’s Third Runway operations, please call us at 1-855-3RUNWAY (1-855-378-6929) to find out more or click here to contact us and learn more about your options regarding the Third Runway.”

We’ve reported on this ongoing lawsuit extensively – read our previous coverage here.

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