ATS loses big in Bellingham, has to pay fines!

ATS can’t block the initiative from going on the ballot in November, and they got fined $10,000 and have to pay all of our attorney fees:

Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Ira Uhrig ruled that camera company American Traffic Solutions hasn’t proven it has suffered injury. Any harm at this point is theoretical or abstract, he said, and the company doesn’t have standing to challenge the initiative.

He denied ATS’ request for an injunction to block the initiative from the ballot.

Uhrig also awarded initiative backer Transportation Safety Coalition its attorney fees, and he imposed a $10,000 fine on ATS under a state law addressing SLAPP suits, or Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. ATS hasn’t proven it’s likely to win the case against the initiative, he ruled.

Read more: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/08/17/2145414/judge-rejects-effort-to-stop-bellingham.html

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