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This class action lawsuit is a First Amendment challenge to the City of Seattle's creation and enforcement of a "no-protest zone" in downtown Seattle during the 1999 World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference. The suit alleges that the City's "no-protest zone" policy violated both the U.S. Constitution and the Washington State Constitution, and seeks damages on behalf of more than 600 protesters and others arrested and jailed pursuant to that policy. In October 2001, the district court upheld the constitutionality of the "no-protest zone" policy, notwithstanding record evidence that the policy was a content-based restriction on speech. In April 2002, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied plaintiffs' petition for interlocutory review. We are now preparing for trial on behalf of those protesters who were arrested for violating the "no-protest zone" policy even though they were not in the "no-protest zone."

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