It has been almost a month since FOX40 News first reported on a lawsuit aimed at the downtown arena project, but Sacramento City Attorney James Sanchez told FOX40 News on Monday the City of Sacramento has not yet been served with the suit.
The writ was filed in Sacramento Superior Court on May 14and objects to Sacramento’s plan to contribute about $250 million to the arena project.
Shane Singh of the Sacramento legal firm Kring & Chung LLP said it is unusual the city has not yet been served with the lawsuit. Singh told FOX40 News, typically the people bringing the suit “schedule a hearing right away, and they serve the papers.”
Singh suggested in this case, “it could be that the plaintiffs are just trying to get news coverage, but are not serious about the lawsuit because they are not prosecuting it by serving it.”
FOX40 News attempted to contact Patrick Soluri, one of the lawyer’s listed in original filing of the lawsuit, but he did not return our call.
Among other things, the suit charges the city with fraud in the arena deal. City Attorney Sanchez told FOX40 News, “Our position remains that the decision (to contribute funds to the arena project) was within the reasonable discretion of the Council to determine the public benefit and is consistent with the law.”