Issuing final approval to a class action settlement, U.S. Federal Judge Paul Friedman described the terms of settlement of a nearly decade-long protest arrest lawsuit in Washington, D.C., as "historic" and an achievement for "future generations.
A federal judge gave final approval Wednesday to a $13.7 million settlement between the District and people who were picked up in a mass arrest during a 2000 protest near the World Bank and International Monetary Fund buildings.
The Partnership for Civil Justice has advanced a class action complaint against the Government for violations of protestors' rights at the April, 2000 Spring joint meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Read more
Class action impact litigation brought by the PCJF on behalf of more than 1000 people led to major and substantive reform in police policies and practices in the handling of mass demonstrations in Washington, D.C. Two federal judges called the outcome of the PCJF's litigation "historic," "critical" and "substantial reform," and an achievement that would "protect future generations of protesters" in the nation's capital.
The District of Columbia has agreed to pay $13.7 million to settle a class action suit brought by protesters arrested during a demonstration in 2000, lawyers in the case announced at court today. Lawyers for the protesters said it would be the largest amount ever paid in the U.
It was the first protests tied to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in April of 2000. D.C. Police corralled and arrested nearly 700 demonstrators. The District of Columbia will pay up to $13.7 million to settle the lawsuit filed by the Partnership for Civil Justice on behalf of protesters and bystanders
The arrest of Harvard history professor Henry Louis Gates in his home in Cambridge sparked a nationwide discussion about police misconduct.
Calling the Police Version of Events "Fanciful," Magistrate Judge Recommends the Court Find Mass Arrests Were False
U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola has issued a report and recommendation to presiding Judge Paul L. Friedman that summary judgment issue in favor of the Becker class declaring the mass arrest to be a mass false arrest.