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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTWESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTONAT SEATTLEBACKPAGE.COM, LLC,Plaintiff,v.ROB MCKENNA, Attorney General of theState of Washington; RANDY J. FLYCKT,Adams County Prosecuting Attorney;BENJAMIN C. NICHOLS, Asotin CountyProsecuting Attorney; ANDREW K. MILLER,Benton County Prosecuting Attorney; GARYA. RIESEN, Chelan County ProsecutingAttorney; DEBORAH S. KELLY, ClallamCounty Prosecuting Attorney; ANTHONY F.GOLIK, Clark County Prosecuting Attorney;REA L. CULWELL, Columbia CountyProsecuting Attorney; SUSAN I. BAUR,Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney;STEVEN M. CLEM, Douglas CountyProsecuting Attorney; MICHAEL SANDONA,Ferry County Prosecuting Attorney; SHAWN P.SANT, Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney;MATTHEW L. NEWBERG, Garfield CountyProsecuting Attorney; ANGUS LEE, GrantCounty Prosecuting Attorney; H. STEWARDMENEFEE, Grays Harbor County ProsecutingAttorney;
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))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))No. C12-954-RSM
Case 2:12-cv-00954-RSM Document 7 Filed 06/05/12 Page 1 of 4
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GREGORY M. BANKS, Island CountyProsecuting Attorney; SCOTT W.ROSEKRANS, Jefferson County ProsecutingAttorney; DAN SATTERBERG, King CountyProsecuting Attorney; RUSSELL D. HAUGE,Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney;GREGORY L. ZEMPEL, Kittitas CountyProsecuting Attorney; LORI L. HOCTOR,Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney;JONATHAN L. MEYER, Lewis CountyProsecuting Attorney; JEFFREY S.BARKDULL, Lincoln County ProsecutingAttorney; MICHAEL K. DORCY, MasonCounty Prosecuting Attorney; KARL F.SLOAN, Okanogan County ProsecutingAttorney; DAVID J. BURKE, Pacific CountyProsecuting Attorney; THOMAS A.METZGER, Pend Oreille County ProsecutingAttorney; MARK LINDQUIST, PierceCounty Prosecuting Attorney; RANDALL K.GAYLORD, San Juan County ProsecutingAttorney; RICHARD WEYRICH, SkagitCounty Prosecuting Attorney; ADAM N.KICK, Skamania County ProsecutingAttorney; MARK K. ROE, SnohomishCounty Prosecuting Attorney; STEVEN J.TUCKER, Spokane County ProsecutingAttorney; TIMOTHY D. RASMUSSEN,Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney; JONTUNHEIM, Thurston County ProsecutingAttorney; DANIEL H. BIGELOW,Wahkiakum County Prosecuting Attorney;JAMES L. NAGLE, Walla Walla CountyProsecuting Attorney; DAVID S.McEACHRAN, Whatcom CountyProsecuting Attorney; DENIS P. TRACY,Whitman County Prosecuting Attorney;JAMES P. HAGARTY, Yakima CountyProsecuting Attorney,Defendants, in theirofficial capacities.)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
Case 2:12-cv-00954-RSM Document 7 Filed 06/05/12 Page 2 of 4
This matter came before the Court on the Motion of Plaintiff Backpage.com, LLC(“Backpage.com”) for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction. Havingconsidered the Motion, materials filed in support of the Motion, as well as the Complaintfiled concurrently by Backpage.com, the Court finds, concludes and orders as follows:
Washington Senate Bill 6251 (“SB 6251”) will take effect June 7, 2012unless enjoined by this Court.
Backpage.com has provided notice of its Motion to all Defendants.
Declaration of Ambika K. Doran ¶ 2 & Ex. A.
Defendants have not responded to Backpage.com’s Motion or Complaint,but, for the reasons set forth below, the Court determines that it is appropriate to maintainthe status quo and enter a Temporary Restraining Order, as set forth herein.
Backpage.com has shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its claim,pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201, as wellirreparable harm, the balance of equities tipping strongly in its favor, and injury to thepublic interest, justifying injunctive relief.THEREFORE, the Court ORDERS as follows:
Defendants are immediately RESTRAINED from taking any actions toenforce SB 6251 or pursue prosecution under the law in any way;
This Temporary Restraining Order will issue without the requirement of anysecurity bond.
This Temporary Restraining Order shall take effect immediately and remainin effect for 14 days after entry of this Order, unless the effective period is extended byconsent of the parties or by further Order of the Court.
The Court hereby sets Backpage.com’s motion for a preliminaryinjunction for a hearing on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
The parties shall adhereto the following expedited briefing schedule:
Case 2:12-cv-00954-RSM Document 7 Filed 06/05/12 Page 3 of 4

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