Mark Peterson v. City of Yakima et al., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, Cause No. 1:18-CV-2136-TOR
Megan Coluccio obtained a defense verdict for the City of Yakima, the former City Manager, a former Deputy Fire Chief, and a fire code inspector, in a federal jury trial in the Eastern District of Washington. Plaintiff, a business owner, alleged First Amendment retaliation based on his opposition to a downtown construction plan against the former City Manager and the City, as well as state law claims for civil conspiracy and malicious prosecution, against the three individual defendants. After a four-day trial, the jury unanimously found in favor of the City and the three individuals. Salim Lewis, Stuart Cassel, and Ann Trivett assisted as members of the trial team.