Bing and Ellen have filed a series of legal appeals to challenge ludicrous DDOT permitting shenanigans since early 2016. Their appeals have been very unusual, since
DC homeowners rarely take cases of official wrongdoing related to small construction projects to court, at least beyond the DC Office of Administrative Hearings level (where appeals can be filed for free). Ordinary citizens seldom deduce construction
permitting wrongoing, or can pay counsel to challenge, where small projects are concerned.
By now, court mediation has failed twice, at OAH and the DC Court of Appeals.
Simply put, DDOT will not agree to let the tree house alone until the Yee girls have grown up enough to tire of playing in it (the parents have not asked for damages to settle the case). Ellen and Bing filed a complaint in the US District Court of the
District of Columbia under the Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (CFFA). They filed only after DDOT rejected court mediation at the Office of Administrative Hearings in late 2017.
If nothing changes, Bing and Ellen likely have several more years of litigation before them if they want the time for their girls to age out of a beloved tree house. The legal documents
below are brimming with black humor for anybody pondering why statehood remains an elusive goal for DC. The parents have not retained counsel.