Protester Michael Kaufman holds a sign during a rally near developer Phil Tagami's home to protest a coal terminal at the Port of Oakland on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Tagami sued the city of Oakland after the City Council voted to ban the transport of coal through Oakland in 2016. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO — A ruling in the case of prominent developer Phil Tagami’s suit against Oakland over a City Council coal ban is at least weeks away.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, in an order issued Monday, asked attorneys for both sides to file “findings of fact” by Feb. 9, ahead of a possible March 28 hearing. The judge presided over a four-day bench trial that ended Friday.

Tagami filed suit in December 2016, six months after the Oakland City Council voted to ban transport and storage of coal within city limits. The unanimous vote applied city-wide, but was directed at Tagami and the Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal, a $250 million global logistics center on the Outer Harbor near the Port of Oakland. The Sierra Club and other environmental groups have opposed the project and joined or supported the city to defend the lawsuit.

Protester Michael Kaufman holds a sign during a rally near developer Phil Tagami’s home to protest a coal terminal at the Port of Oakland on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Tagami sued the city of Oakland after the City Council voted to ban the transport of coal through Oakland in 2016. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group) …read more

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