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Trump: Climate change lawsuits interfere with policy, should be dismissed

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The Trump administration disapproves of climate change litigation initiated by cities and counties in California and the private attorneys they hired on a contingency fee.

Hagens Berman reduces fee for latest government client to sue over climate change

Hagens Berman reduces fee for latest government client to sue over climate change

The Boeing Co. seeks to recover cleanup costs associated with property formerly owned by government

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – An aerospace company alleges it has spent millions in cleanup costs on a property formerly owned by the federal government.

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

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

Washington state judge upholds injunction against Trump's transger military ban

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced April 16 that, together with Lambda Legal and OutServe-SDLN, his office has won a court victory against the Trump administration after it instituted an allegedly illegal ban against transgender individuals who openly serve in the military.

Self-driving cars, thinking machines will test limits of tort law

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Self-driving cars, machines that teach themselves how to operate and home digital assistants that can enter into legally binding contracts are all either on the market now or soon will be. So the next question is: Whom do you sue when they run amok?

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance alleges Total Terminals International failed to monitor stormwater discharges

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit corporation involved in the protection of the waters of Puget Sound in Washington alleges a company has violated the Clean Water Act.

Settlement in MGM Resort gift card suit would send up to one-third of fund to class action lawyers

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – A proposed class action settlement involving MGM Resorts International and Costco Wholesale Corp. over gift card fees has been filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Washington court upholds denial of arbitration in wage dispute suit against Quality Food Centers

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – A Washington court of appeals has sided with a trial court in its decision to deny a motion to compel arbitration made by a supermarket chain in a class action lawsuit filed by a former employee alleging underpayment of wages.

Washington state accuses Texas firm of operating 'trust mill'

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed suit against CLA Estate Services Inc and CLA USA Inc. alleging they operated a "trust mill" that led to persuading seniors into purchasing high-commission insurance products.

Man alleges Organic Marketside shell eggs are not laid by hens with outdoor access

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – A Washington man alleges consumers are paying a premium for shell eggs are that falsely advertised as being laid by hens with outdoor access.

State AGs united for #MeToo, but changing federal law could be slippery slope

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – State attorneys general are united in championing a new cause – abolishing clauses that require sexual harassment claims to be heard in arbitration. But would it set a bad precedent for changing federal law while scoring political points for its supporters?

FTC seeks consumer protection in legislation to limit telehealth eye care

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Feb. 12 that it has submitted staff comments to the Washington state Legislature about proposed legislation that would put limitations on the telehealth eye care industry in the state.

Massachusetts ticket companies to pay Washington state $60,000 for violations

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Two Massachusetts-based ticket buying companies, Find My Seats LLC and Box Office Pros LLC, will pay Washington state $60,000 for violating Washington's Ticket Sellers Act by using "ticket bot."

New Jersey company claims Zillow made agreements with brokers to conceal Zestimates

CAMDEN, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey limited liability company alleges Zillow conspires with certain real-estate brokers to conceal property estimates.

Washington state joins coalition fighting new FCC rules on net neutrality

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Jan. 16 that he is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to withdraw its new net neutrality rules.

False Claims Act defendant challenges civil penalties as excessive before any amount determined

RICHLAND, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A False Claims Act lawsuit in Washington state could help defendants challenge excessive fine amounts early in the litigation process.

Washington state: Charity marketed services for children, duped consumers out of $1.5 million

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Dec. 26 that his office has filed a lawsuit against Roy Bronsin Haueter, his wife, and his children and their spouses for using non-profit donations for personal gain.

Washington state targets Motel 6 to protect consumer privacy after national immigration case

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a lawsuit Jan. 3 against Motel 6, a national hotel chain, for allegations of voluntarily delivering guest lists to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for the past two years.

Climate change made me do it: Activists press the 'necessity defense'

SPOKANE, Wash. (Legal Newsline) - On Sept. 23, 2016, a group of protesters blocked a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train carrying coal in Spokane, Wash., to prevent the earth from warming up. From a scientific standpoint, the action was absurd: Stopping a single trainload of coal could hardly have any more impact on global climate change than the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings in Tanzania.