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Washington state OKs agreement with Energy Department over hazardous tank vapors at nuclear plant

By Marian Johns | Sep 24, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. — An agreement reached between the federal government and Washington State Attorney Bob Ferguson has placed litigation on hold while the U.S. Department Energy begins testing and implementing new systems designed to treat or capture hazardous tank vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Motion filed to certify class action against Nordstrom, HauteLook over alleged misrepresentation of Rolex watches

By Mary Ann Magnell | Sep 24, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A motion to certify a case as a class action suit was filed in a federal court on Aug. 31 against Nordstrom Inc. and HauteLook Inc. for allegedly misrepresenting the condition and the worth of vintage Rolex watches they sold between 2013 and 2017.

Oil companies go for another win in climate change fight, ask for dismissal of Wash. county's case

By William Sassani | Sep 18, 2018

In August, lawyers arguing for a group of oil companies submitted a motion to Judge Robert S. Lasnik of the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington asking that King County’s climate change lawsuit be dismissed.

Washington state court doubles contempt charges for political activist

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Thurston County Superior Court in Washington state has doubled the daily contempt sanctions against political activist Tim Eyman in the state's campaign finance lawsuit against him.

Washington attorney general alleges towing company illegally sold deployed Navy member's car

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state attorney general is suing a state towing company, alleging it auctioned off a Navy sailor's car while he was deployed without first obtaining a court order.

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).

WASHINGTON STATE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Court orders estate-planning company to immediately halt deceptive "Trust Mill" practices

By Press release submission | Aug 28, 2018

CLA Estate Services, Inc. and CLA USA, Inc. made millions deceptively selling estate-planning services, annuities in a scheme targeting Washington seniors.

Baltimore Sun seeks access to sealed records in one of 'biggest police corruption scandals' in city's history

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 28, 2018

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – The Baltimore Sun filed a memorandum of points and authorities in support of its application to access certain sealed court documents regarding a police task force in the Maryland city.

Employers in California must pay employees for time spent clocking out

By John Breslin | Aug 6, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Employers in California must take into account when evaluating pay the time taken to perform certain tasks after clocking out, the state's Supreme Court has ruled.

Best Buy stores enrolled customers in AppleCare plans for phones without consent, woman alleges

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 3, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – A Washington attorney alleges that she was enrolled in a service care plan without her consent when she purchased an iPhone at an electronics store.

Facebook, Washington state agree to stop third-party advertisers from excluding certain groups

By Marian Johns | Jul 31, 2018

SEATTLE — Facebook has signed a legally binding agreement with the state of Washington stating the company will make changes to its nationwide advertising platform in order to stop third-party advertisers from excluding protected groups from seeing its ads.

Vermont enacts toughest auto-renewal law in country, branded 'superfluous' by attorney

By John Breslin | Jul 31, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) – Vermont has enacted the toughest law in the country related to the automatic renewal of goods and services, a move called "superfluous" by one attorney specializing in the field.

Climate change roundup: NYC appeals loss, Big Oil attacks Wash. county’s lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Jul 30, 2018

New York City and the private lawyers it hired to sue the fossil fuel industry over alleged effects of climate change will not accept a federal judge’s recent decision to throw the lawsuit out of court.

Washington State alleges Facebook failed to maintain records related to political advertising on the site

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 27, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – Washington State alleges that social media company Facebook has failed to maintain for public inspection documents related to political advertising.

Washington state reaches agreement with 7 fast food chains to end 'no-poaching' provisions

By Marian Johns | Jul 26, 2018

SEATTLE — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has reached legally binding agreements among fast food chains to remove what are known as "no poach provisions" from their franchise agreements resulting in the companies' ending the restrictions that kept workers from moving among the chains.

Appeals court dismisses call for California consumers to be reimbursed sales tax on Ensure

By John Breslin | Jul 24, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – A California appeals court has dismissed an action over claims that consumers were wrongly charged sales tax on a line of nutritional drink products.

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.

Mental health records of former Big 5 employee coming in EEOC racial harassment case

By Karen Kidd | Jul 22, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – Earlier this summer, a federal judge dismissed part of a racial harassment case against one of the largest sports retail chains in the western U.S. over the alleged treatment of an African-American employee in store on Whidbey Island in Washington in 2014.

Losing streak emerges as NYC, hired guns lose climate change case against Big Oil

By John O'Brien | Jul 20, 2018

Federal judges continue to reject the efforts of private lawyers who hold a financial stake in lawsuits brought by government officials against the oil industry over the alleged effects of climate change.

In spite of recent dismissals, City of Baltimore launches climate change suit against big oil

By Ann Maher | Jul 20, 2018

BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) - A day after a federal judge dismissed New York City's lawsuit against major oil companies over the alleged effects of climate change, Baltimore City Solicitor Andre M. Davis took aim at 26 companies that transport and market fuels in its waters with similar allegations.

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