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State Constitution ruling negates one Coverdale ruling –
first ruling remains intact, Coverdale owes $600,000+

JZ Knight News, Press

– “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.
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Tacoma News Tribune’s front-page story on JZ Knight vs. City of Yelm

Yelm and Thurston County Issues

Tacoma News Tribune staff writer Sean Robinson wrote an in-depth report titled “JZ Knight’s bid to halt development heard by state’s Supreme Court.
Note: The print edition was titled “JZ Knight proves to be a warrior vs. development”

Robinson stated:
“Neighbors often groan about the new housing developments next door. Typically, that’s all they do – but JZ Knight, 65, is no ordinary neighbor. She’s started an argument that could change the rules of local land-use planning throughout the state, and she’s determined to finish it.”

“If Knight prevails, the legal precedent could echo across the state, especially in rural communities where water is scarce. Owners of senior water rights could halt development in its tracks.”
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Knight has previously stated “to halt development” was not her intent. Knight’s case was about “the City of Yelm’s attempt to approve five proposed new developments without adequate proof of a sufficient water supply.”

JZ Knight presented evidence at five public hearings showing that the City of Yelm’s water rights are not adequate to serve five proposed Yelm subdivisions.
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