- “Supreme Court’s Ruling Negates Judgment Against Coverdale”
“Ex-Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment Student Won’t Have to Pay $36,000 ”
“A Washington State Supreme Court ruling is saving ex-Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment student Virginia Coverdale about $36,000.
Coverdale is suing JZ Knight and her company, JZK, Inc., in Thurston County Superior Court.
In December, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy threw out Coverdale’s claims of negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, while allowing Coverdale’s other claims to move forward.
Murphy ordered Coverdale to pay Knight and JZK, Inc., more than $36,000 in fees and penalties under the state’s anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) statute.
But the Washington State Supreme Court ruled on May 28 that the anti-SLAPP statute is unconstitutional because it violates a person’s constitutional right to trial by jury.
Now that the statute has been declared unconstitutional, Coverdale doesn’t have to pay the $36,000.”
“The ruling doesn’t affect a judgment from a previous case in which JZK, Inc., sued Coverdale. Coverdale was ordered in July 2013 to pay the company $600,000 in attorney’s fees and court costs,” by Steven Wyble, Nisqually Valley News.