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Washington Supreme Court says legal services provided by Evergreen Freedom Foundation were reportable

By Gabriel Neves | Jan 17, 2019

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Washington Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that pro bono legal services provided by an organization were reportable to the Public Disclosure Commission.

Washington Supreme Court affirms lower court was right to enjoin safe injection site initiative from ballot

By Takesha Thomas | Dec 18, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Washington has affirmed a lower court's ruling that the King County Council overstepped its authority with a ballot initiative involving funding for safe injection sites throughout the county.

Washington Supreme Court revives Microsoft employee's retaliation case

By Takesha Thomas | Dec 18, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A former employee of Microsoft Corp. has been granted a reversal in her retaliation case against the tech giant.

Washington Supreme Court reinstates ruling in favor of school in student's saw injury case

By Charmaine Little | Nov 20, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the State of Washington ruled on Nov. 1 that since school districts aren’t expected to fulfill a heightened duty of care, a jury’s verdict that found the school district negligent but not the cause of the woman’s injuries should be reinstated.

Wash. SC allows asbestos claim to proceed against Pfizer, adopts apparent manufacturer doctrine

By Charmaine Little | Nov 20, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – On Nov. 1, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington adopted the apparent manufacturer doctrine in a case concerning a man’s exposure to asbestos products that allegedly ultimately led to his sickness and passing.

Washington Supreme Court affirms decision in dispute over county's allegedly excessive permit fees

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 2, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that the Land Use Petition Act does apply when parties challenge allegedly excessive permit application fees.

Washington Supreme Court rules employer's payment plan is not a piecework plan under state code in Xerox case

By Chandra Lye | Oct 3, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the state of Washington has responded no to a question posed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a case over employee pay.

Washington Supreme Court upholds summary judgment for Gonzaga University in wrongful termination case

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 26, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that summary judgment was properly awarded to Gonzaga University in a wrongful termination case.

Washington Supreme Court upholds fine against cemetery that moved remains without notifying next of kin

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 26, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A cemetery operator has lost its appeal of a fine against it over disinterring cremains without notifying the next of kin.

In Washington, armored car employees earn double damages for having to remain vigilant on breaks

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 30, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the state of Washington found on Aug. 23 that a defendant armored car company is liable to its former employees for double exemplary damages plus pre-judgment interest for allegedly depriving their employees a meaningful meal period and for violating the Washington Minimum Wage Act (MWA).

Port of Seattle not required to pay entire $40M verdict to worker injured during wreck of luggage vehicle

By Chandra Lye | Jul 24, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – Washington’s Supreme Court has decided the Port of Seattle is not liable for three-quarters of a $40 million verdict in favor of a worker seriously injured in a baggage cart wreck.

Supreme Court returns Arlene's Flowers v. Washington State to state high court for review

By Marian Johns | Jul 2, 2018

OLYMPIA — The U. S. States Supreme Court has issued a grant, vacate and remand ruling in Arlene's Flowers Inc. v. Washington State, a case involving a Washington state flower shop that refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, which sends the case back to Washington Supreme Court for review.

Wash. SC rules statutory costs should be included in arbitration case; Dissent says no 'ordinary person' could understand the decision

By Elizabeth Alt | Apr 24, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Washington Supreme Court answered whether statutory costs should be included when comparing awards according to the Mandatory Arbitration Rule.

Couple at center of alleged PTSD attack denied damages over former defense attorneys’ alleged conflict

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 1, 2017

In Arden v. Forsberg & Umlauf P.S., the Washington State Supreme Court rejected the insureds’ attempt to collect damages for breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice from their former insurance defense counsel.

Wash. SC rules man's injuries were occupational

By Angela Underwood | Aug 28, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Washington Supreme Court has ruled against a company that challenged whether a former employee's lower back injuries were the result of his occupation.

Wash. Supreme Court sides with Seattle in landmark ordinance case against UW

By David Hutton | Jul 31, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The University of Washington must follow the city of Seattle’s landmark law, according to a ruling by the Washington state Supreme Court.

Coach, school to face Wash. concussion law claims after player's death

By John Sammon | Jul 12, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A Washington football coach must face claims from the family of a player who died after suffering head injuries, as a result of a July 6 ruling by the state Supreme Court.

Advance Registered Nurse Practitioners can offer expert testimony in Wash. med-mal cases

By Laura Halleman | May 2, 2017

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that medical malpractice litigants can offer the expert testimony of advanced registered nurse practitioners.

Wash. state appeals court mostly affirms ruling in class action against armored vehicle company

By Jessica Karmasek | May 1, 2017

However, in its March decision, the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1, reversed a trial court’s award of double damages for meal period violations and its award of prejudgment interest on rest break damages.

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