I have now been able to confirm that the date for the Costco appeal has been moved up and will take place the week of March 5-9, 2007. I got a copy of Judges Edward Leavy and Richard R. Clifton’s order from the Washington State Liquor Control Board. The order is dated November 30 and appears to resolve several motions. Most of them are procedural, but the Appellant (Washington state and distributors) did move for partial dissmisal of the appeal, presumably a part of the original appeal they now feel they cannot win. Unfortunately the order doesn’t specify which. The biggest pieces of the order are the court denying Appellant’s motion for a stay pending appeal and the court expiditing the schedule for the appeal to be heard in March instead of waiting until May. Curiously, that change was on the court’s own motion, meaning neither side requested it. But it greatly changes the dynamics of the state legislature’s involvement.
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