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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

BREAKING NEWS: Wal-Mart Asks Judge to Dismiss PARD's Appeal

McCullough Hill, the law firm representing CLC Associates, the Pullman Wal-Mart Supercenter developer, filed a brief today with Whitman County Superior Court Judge David Frazier requesting that the Pullman Alliance for Responsible Development's appeal be denied. The reason stated in the 28-page brief is that PARD's case is based on a misreading of the law and lacks any factual support. The appeal hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday, October 18, at 1:30 PM.

The brief concludes that:
PARD will likely cut and paste several bits of the Hearing Examiner's decision in its attempt to piece together its claims that the Hearing Examiner's decision was erroneous. This is the only way it can create the illusion that the Examiner's decision supports its claims. However, it is clear from an examination of the entire decision that all substantial evidence in the record supports the Hearing Examiner's decision to uphold the issuance of the DNS and site plan approval, and PARD is unable to meet its burden of proof regarding its claims. For these reasons, the Respondent requests that the Court reject the claims made by petitioner and affirm the City's approval of the site plan and issuance of the DNS for the project.
The brief can be downloaded here.

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