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City of Spokane v. Walker Parking Consultants/Engineers, Inc., et al.
No. 00-2-04173-4 (Wash. Superior Court, Spokane County, filed July 18, 2000)


O. Yale Lewis, Jr.

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In late April 2002, Hendricks & Lewis was hired by the Spokane City Council to assess the legality of an existing city commitment to “lend” money to support a financially-failing parking garage that was an integral part of a privately-owned shopping center in downtown Spokane. The next day, the shopping center developer obtained an order requiring the Spokane City Manager and City Attorney to show cause why a writ of mandamus should not be issued, which required them to make certain payments the developer claimed were required by an existing city ordinance. After an expedited trial, the city officials were ordered to make the requested payments on behalf of the city and threatened with jail if they did not do so.

In response, Hendricks & Lewis successfully petitioned the Washington Supreme Court for direct review and a stay of enforcement against the individual city officials. On February 15, 2001, following extensive legal briefing and oral argument by Hendricks & Lewis partner O. Yale Lewis, Jr., the Supreme Court unanimously reversed the Superior Court’s decision in River Park Square, L.L.C., et al. v. Henry Miggins, et al., 143 Wn.2d 68 (2001).

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