Two plaintiffs in Ukiah Costco lawsuits say they're unwilling litigants

Ukiah resident Terri Stout has concerns about a proposed Costco store's impact on her job at the local Lucky supermarket. But she never once considered suing to halt the project and said she was stunned to learn she is named as one of four plaintiffs in two such lawsuits filed by Davis attorney William Kopper.

"I'm mystified," she said. "It really is very strange and I don't know what to do."

A co-worker of Stout's, Sandy McKee, also has said she was named as a plaintiff in the lawsuits without her permission.

Stout said she suspects a man who visited Lucky and asked her how she felt about Costco is to blame for the problem.

"I said I was concerned about my job," she said. "He never said we were going to have a lawsuit."

Stout didn't recall his name, but said he, like Kopper, was from Davis.

She said she doesn't think the man was associated either with her employer or her union, United Commercial and Food Workers Union.

Reached Thursday, Kopper declined to explain how the woman came to be listed as plaintiffs in the "Ukiah Citizens for Safety First" lawsuit. He said he could not comment on the lawsuit's plaintiffs, nor on who hired him to file the lawsuits, citing attorney-client privilege.

Alicia Rockwell, director of public affairs for Save Mart Supermarkets, which operates Lucky supermarkets, said only that questions about the lawsuit should be directed to Kopper. Save Mart also owns FoodMaxx, where two other listed plaintiffs work.

One of the two FoodMaxx employees, Rachel Land, told the Ukiah Daily Journal that she and co-worker Patty Hernandez knew they were named as plaintiffs in the suits.

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