lawsuit Section

King County Judge orders sanctuary repeal measure off Burien’s Nov. ballot

King County Judge orders sanctuary repeal measure off Burien’s Nov. ballot

By Jack Mayne The move to repeal the Burien sanctuary ordinance was halted on Thursday (Sept. 14) because it “exceeds the scope of the initiative authority granted to the people of the City of Burien”... [Read more]

Judge to decide Wed. if Burien sanctuary law repeal remains on Nov. 7 ballot

Judge to decide Wed. if Burien sanctuary law repeal remains on Nov. 7 ballot

By Jack Mayne A Superior Court judge in Kent tomorrow (Wed., Sept. 13) will decide whether or not the repeal of the Burien sanctuary law will appear on the Nov. 7 general election ballot (download PDF... [Read more]

Family of Tommy Le file wrongful death/civil rights lawsuit against police

Family of Tommy Le file wrongful death/civil rights lawsuit against police

The family of Tommy Le, a 20-year-old high school senior who was shot and killed in Burien on June 13, 2017, filed a wrongful death/civil rights lawsuit against the King County Sheriff’s Office... [Read more]

Phoenix airport noise case may provide roadmap for challenging FAA at Sea-Tac

Phoenix airport noise case may provide roadmap for challenging FAA at Sea-Tac

By Jack Mayne A federal appeals court decision released on Aug 29 threw out changes the Federal Aviation Administration made to its landing and takeoff routes over and involving Sky Harbor International... [Read more]

Political activist files suit to force City Council to deal with ‘sanctuary ordinance’

Political activist files suit to force City Council to deal with ‘sanctuary ordinance’

Craig Keller during public comment at the Burien City Council meeting on July 31, 2017. By Jack Mayne Political activist Craig Keller (pictured, left) has filed suit in King County Superior Court, demanding... [Read more]

Burien ‘will continue to suffer’ from airplane noise, city says in FAA petition

Burien ‘will continue to suffer’ from airplane noise, city says in FAA petition

By Jack Mayne The City of Burien has filed a petition for review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to turn jet-prop airliners over Burien causing unexpected and unusual airplane... [Read more]

FAA continues to stonewall group over increased Burien airplane noise

FAA continues to stonewall group over increased Burien airplane noise

By Jack Mayne A recent meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration regional office in Renton was a bust, and it is time for serious legal action to stop the recently increased noise from planes taking... [Read more]

City of Burien will sue FAA if it does not quickly stop controversial over-flights

City of Burien will sue FAA if it does not quickly stop controversial over-flights

By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council has agreed 6-1 to hire a San Francisco law firm to take the Federal Aviation Administration to court if the agency does not immediately stop changes in commuter jet... [Read more]

Former Burien city manager Mike Martin sued for discrimination, hostility

Former Burien city manager Mike Martin sued for discrimination, hostility

By Jack Mayne Although a city hired investigator rejected a charge that Lynden City Administrator Mike Martin had created a hostile work environment and discriminated against them, the three have filed... [Read more]

Probe says former City Manager Martin innocent; lawsuit remains unsettled

Probe says former City Manager Martin innocent; lawsuit remains unsettled

By Jack Mayne Former Burien City Manager Mike Martin was found not to have discriminated against three female former Lynden, Wash. city officials in one investigation, but a multi-million dollar lawsuit... [Read more]

City of Burien has paid $1.75 million to settle 2013 death and injury SR 509 crash

City of Burien has paid $1.75 million to settle 2013 death and injury SR 509 crash

Photo shows the extreme damage to the two vehicles on Dec. 18, 2013.  The embankment that the suspect vehicle drove down before it “exploded into the passenger side of the Eakins’ vehicle.” Photos... [Read more]

Former Burien City Manager Mike Martin investigated for ‘gender discrimination’

Former Burien City Manager Mike Martin investigated for ‘gender discrimination’

Ex-City Manager Mike Martin at a 2009 Burien City Council meeting. By Jack Mayne Former Burien City Manager Mike Martin is under investigation in Lynden, Whatcom County, after three female department heads... [Read more]

City of Burien vows it ‘will vigorously defend itself’ against SR-509 crash lawsuit

City of Burien vows it ‘will vigorously defend itself’ against SR-509 crash lawsuit

The City of Burien is vowing that it “will vigorously defend itself” against a $16.5 million dollar lawsuit filed against it and King County Thursday…

Seattle sued over $15/hour pay

Seattle sued over $15/hour pay

by Jack Mayne With the $15 minimum wage already law in SeaTac and recently in Seattle, the first of what promises to be many lawsuits was filed in Seattle federal court on Thursday (June 12). There are... [Read more]

Lawsuit against contractor now likely over needed repairs to new Fire Station

Lawsuit against contractor now likely over needed repairs to new Fire Station

Almost two years after its completion, Burien’s brand new Fire Station still sits empty due to construction problems. Photo by Scott Schaefer. Burien Fire Chief Mike Marrs. by Ralph Nichols The clock... [Read more]

O’Reilly Auto Parts to provide healthcare coverage to same-sex couples

O’Reilly Auto Parts to provide healthcare coverage to same-sex couples

by Jack Mayne O’Reilly Auto Parts has agreed to provide healthcare coverage to same-sex spouses of its employees in Washington and other states recognizing marriage equality, effective April 1 (read... [Read more]

LETTER: Neighborhood group suing City of Burien over Westmark development

LETTER: Neighborhood group suing City of Burien over Westmark development

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] The City of Burien has recently issued... [Read more]

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

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

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…

Normandy Park, Cascade Land Conservancy Sued Over Removal Of Bulkheads

Normandy Park, Cascade Land Conservancy Sued Over Removal Of Bulkheads

Click image to see larger version. by Ralph Nichols A lawsuit filed by a long-time area family against the City of Normandy Park and the Cascade Land Conservancy seeks to block removal of bulkheads they... [Read more]

Burien Pays Out $2.75 Million Over 1st Ave. S. Construction Project Overruns

Burien Pays Out $2.75 Million Over 1st Ave. S. Construction Project Overruns

by Ralph Nichols All outstanding claims by contractors for cost overruns during phase one of the 1st Ave. S. improvement project have been settled by Burien for just under $3 million. City Council members... [Read more]

Suit Filed Against Burien Auto Glass Shop Busted For Fraud

Suit Filed Against Burien Auto Glass Shop Busted For Fraud

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner announced that Allstate Insurance has filed a lawsuit against Auto Glass Express and Premier Auto Glass, located in Burien, alleging that in multiple... [Read more]

Patient Suing Burien Nursing & Rehab For $1.4 Million For Loss Of His Leg

Patient Suing Burien Nursing & Rehab For $1.4 Million For Loss Of His Leg

The Seattle P-I is reporting that a local nursing-home patient who fell in his room and landed on a baseboard heater and subsequently suffered burns so severe that he had to have his leg amputated, is... [Read more]

STITA Loses Round, Vows To Fight On To Retain Airport Cab Service Contract

STITA Loses Round, Vows To Fight On To Retain Airport Cab Service Contract

by Jack Mayne The Seattle-Tacoma International Taxicab Association (STITA) lost another round in its fight to retain a contract with the Port of Seattle to be the sole provider of cab service leaving the... [Read more]

Dark Financial Cloud Above Burien Lifted With Westmark Settlement

Dark Financial Cloud Above Burien Lifted With Westmark Settlement

by Ralph Nichols A dark financial cloud that cast a long shadow over Burien’s plans for its future disappeared when City Council members gave unanimous approval Monday night (July 19) to a negotiated... [Read more]