On Friday, December 18, 2015, Plaintiff Michael Skindell filed a complaint and motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to enjoin the Defendant Lakewood City Council from voting on Ordinance 49-15 concerning the potential closure of Lakewood Hospital and the approval of a new Family Health Center. That same day, Plaintiff’s motion for a temporary restraining order was denied after argument by counsel for the parties.
On Monday, December 21, 2015, a preliminary injunction hearing was held at which Defendant moved to consolidate the preliminary injunction hearing with the trial on the merits. The Judge granted that motion. After Plaintiff’s presentation of his case, Defendant moved for and obtained a directed verdict, which was a final judgment in favor of Lakewood City Council.
This defense verdict paved the way for Lakewood City Council on Monday night, December 21, 2015, to read Ordinance 49-15 for a third time, hear public comment, deliberate the merits of the ordinance before the public, and unanimously approve the ordinance. Sutter O’Connell attorney Robert Cahill represented Lakewood City Council along with Lakewood Law Director Kevin Butler.