I-522 proponents penalized by the courts for bringing improper lawsuit
OLYMPIA – Today, a Thurston County Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of the No on 522 campaign and rejected the tactics of a politically motivated lawsuit brought by supporters of Initiative 522.
I-522 proponents had made baseless accusations about the No on 522 campaign’s disclosure of campaign contributions. Today the case was dismissed in Thurston County Superior Court.
In ruling for No on 522, the court also imposed a $10,000 fine against the plaintiffs and awarded the No on 522 campaign with attorneys’ fees.
“This was a frivolous and baseless lawsuit brought for no other reason than to try to generate media headlines in the heat of a political campaign,” said Dana Bieber, spokesperson for No on 522. “Proponents of I-522 have been making misleading claims in the media, in their advertisements and through this lawsuit. This was legal harassment, pure and simple.”
“The No on 522 campaign intends to continue our conversation with the voters about the misleading and costly provisions of I-522,” continued Bieber. “This lawsuit was just another desperate attempt by proponents of this flawed measure to distract voters from the facts. I-522 would mandate a Washington-only food labeling system that would result in inconsistent, incomplete and inaccurate information for Washington consumers.”
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