SEATTLE: $371K penalty for King Co. in disclosure lawsuit

The state Supreme Court has tripled the fine King County must pay as part of a long-running Public Records Act lawsuit, but the $371,000 tally is only about half of what the county would have had to pay under a previous holding by the court.

Last year the high court ruled that King County should pay closer to $800,000 for failing to turn over documents to Armen Yousoufian, who asked in 1997 for economic studies for the new Seahawks stadium.

Yousoufian said he’s disappointed and the award isn’t worth the 5,000 to 6,000 hours he has spent dealing with the case.

The high court’s previous opinion, written by Justice Richard Sanders, was withdrawn after questions were raised about whether Sanders had a conflict of interest.

The Associated Press