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PLF Petitions State Supreme Court for Review of Court of Appeal's Decision

In late September 2015, following the Court of Appeals’ Order Denying a Motion for Reconsideration by Common Sense Alliance (CSA) and the P.J. Taggares Company (Taggares) of San Juan County’s Critical Area Ordinance (CAO), Sandy Mackie of Perkins Coie LLC withdrew as counsel for CSA and Taggares. 
 
Brian Hodges of the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) accepted representation of CSA and was substituted as the attorney for CSA and Taggares. PLF, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, was established in 1973.  It is the oldest and (and perhaps the most successful) public interest legal organization known to fight for limited government, property rights, individual rights and a balanced approach to environmental protection, CSA is pleased to partner with PLF who have been supportive of CSA’s effort all along, and have filed Amicus Briefs at each court level.
 
The following is a brief timeline of CSA’s legal journey of the past 16 months since San Juan County Judge Eaton upheld the Growth Management Hearings Board Final Decision and Order of September 6, 2013, (ruling against CSA) and finding San Juan County (County) to be compliant with the requirements of the Growth Management Act (GMA):
 
·      June 19, 2014: SJC Superior Judge Eaton upheld the Growth Board’s Decision with his Order.  Click on this link to read documents filed at this Court level.
·      July 23, 2014: CSA voted unanimously to appeal Judge Eaton’s decision and filed an appeal to the Washington State Court of Appeals (Court of Appeals).
o   Note: The Friends of the San Juans (Friends), (another Appellant in this case) has taken the same steps to appeal the Court of Appeals’ decision.
o   A lengthy period of time followed while all of the parties to this action filed briefs with the Court of Appeals.  Click on this link to read story.
·      June 2, 2015: three Washington State Court of Appeals Judges heard a total of one hour of argument by all counsel for the appealing parties.
·      August 10, 2015: the Court of Appeals filed their Unpublished Opinion affirming San Juan County Judge Eaton’s decision.  Click on this link to read their Opinion.
·      August 31, 2015: CSA/Taggares filed a Request for Reconsideration with the Court of Appeals.  Click on this link to read Request.
·      September 3, 2015: the Court of Appeals signed an Order Denying Reconsideration by CSA/Taggares.  Click on this link to read Order.
·      October 2, 2015: Sandy Mackie, of Perkins Coie LLS, withdrew as counsel for CSA/Taggares and Brian Hodges of the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) was substituted as the attorney for CSA/Taggares.  Click on this link to read Notice of Substitution.
·      October 2, 2015: PLF filed a Cross-Petition for Review with the Court of Appeals on behalf of CSA/Taggares seeking review of the Court of Appeals’ August 2015 decision.  Click on this link to read PLF Petition.  Appendix A.  Appendix B.
·      October 2, 2015: Friends filed a Cross-Petition for Review with the Court of Appeals.  Click on this link to read Friends’ Petition.
·      October 8, 2015: County filed their Answer to Friends Petition for Review.  Click on this link to read County’s Answer.
·      November 3, 2015: County filed their Answer to Cross-Petition of CSA and Taggares.  Click on this link to read County's Answer.
Continue to watch this article for further developments in the Supreme Court case.