City to pay $63,575 to settle Public Records Request lawsuit

By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor

The city of Lynnwood has agreed to pay $63,575 as part of a settlement arising from a public records request lawsuit.

On May 3 and May 8, 2012, Surinder Rekhi submitted public records requests to the city, which worked to fulfill the requests in installments. The last installment was not provided until Oct. 28, 2013, according to the settlement document.

Rekhi filed a lawsuit on June 3, 2013 in Snohomish County Superior Court claiming the city was in violation of the Public Records Act in connection with the city’s response to his records requests. Rekhi requested an award in the maxinum amount of $100 per day authorized under the Public Records Act for the entire period of May 3, 2012 through Oct. 28, 2013 and attorneys’ fees and costs.

Rekhi agreed to dismiss the lawsuit in the agreement, which was signed by Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith on Feb. 13, 2014. The city did not admit to any liability in the agreement and Rekhi agreed not to pursue any further legal action on the issue. The agreement did not include any attorneys’ fees.

 

 

 

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