City's Statement on First Amendment Lawsuit (UPDATED as of November 24, 2021)

Release Date: November 14, 2021
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This news release will be continually updated with court filings as they become public.

  1. Click here to read the City's Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion.
  2. Click here to read the Declarations of Wu, Goldman, Taylor, Sydnor.*
  3. Click here to read Wu Exhibits A - K.
  4. Click here to read City's Motion to Strike; Taylor Declaration with Exhibits; Proposed Order.
  5. Click here to read Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction.
*Redacted for company-confidential information.

A statement from the City Manager to the Community:

“On October 1, 2021, the City of Sammamish was served with a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court alleging that the City violated plaintiffs’ right to freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; in particular, plaintiffs allege that the City of Sammamish improperly removed comments that plaintiffs posted on the City’s Facebook page.  These allegations are false and the City looks forward to appearing before the U.S. District Court to demonstrate the City’s continued compliance with the right citizens, and residents, have under the First Amendment to comment on, and criticize, their government and their elected officials. In addition, the City fully supports its Communications staff and recognizes the excellent work they do keeping Sammamish residents apprised of City events and issues. We will provide periodic updates to this post which will include links to pleadings the City files in U.S. District Court.”

 

This article will be updated when the links to pleadings the City files in U.S. District Court are available.