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City's payment settles Nike public records legal fight

Council doesn't say a word Monday night while voting to pay $175,000 to end the dispute

The Beaverton City Council made the first move Monday night to bring an end to its long legal feud with Nike Inc.

With no discussion, city councilors unanimously voted to authorize staff to pay the sports apparel giant $175,000 in attorney fees and $816 in court costs as ordered by Washington County Circuit Judge Gayle Nachtigal.

The payment ends one of the biggest and most contentious public records access case in the state.

The move was prompted after the city attorney informed Nike representatives that the city would not seek an appeal of the judge's ruling if Nike agreed to let the matter drop.

Nike representatives expressed an interest in resolving the case if the Fortune 500 company received payment for its legal victory in the litigation before the end of the appeal period.

Both parties have until March 8 to file appeals.

'We want to bring this issue to an end as the appeal period ends,' said City Council President Dennis Doyle following the meeting.

He said the council's move to authorize payment without discussion was 'just normal protocol' when dealing with a legal matter.

Councilor Catherine Arnold agreed.

On advice from City Attorney Alan Rappleyea, the council chose to refrain from making any further comments on the matter until after the appeal window closed.