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After amendment, Boulder's climate change lawsuit headed to federal court

By John O'Brien | Jul 9, 2018

The City of Boulder’s decision to add new claims to its climate change lawsuit has afforded defendants Exxon and Suncor the chance to transfer the case to federal court.

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.

King County Superior Court consent decree orders Phillips to pay $7 million

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

OLYMPIA — A consent decree recently filed in King County Superior Court requires Philips electronics company to pay $7 million as part of a price fixing lawsuit filed by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson against Philips and other cathode ray tubes (CRTs) manufacturers which affected millions of Washingtonians.

DiscoverOrg alleges Netsmartz misappropriated trade secrets

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 29, 2018

TACOMA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – An information profiling company alleges a New York company used improper means to access its database.

WASHINGTON STATE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Toshiba to pay $1.3M for price-fixing scheme affecting millions of Washingtonians

By Press release submission | Jun 23, 2018

Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that Toshiba Corporation, a multinational conglomerate headquartered in Japan, will pay $1.3 million as part of the Attorney General’s price-fixing lawsuit against manufacturers of a component used in television and computer screens called cathode ray tube, or CRT.

Democrat AGs add fourth to latest brief supporting climate change lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Jun 12, 2018

New York State's new attorney general, who recently took over when her predecessor resigned following an abuse scandal, has joined three Democratic colleagues in support for New York City’s climate change lawsuit.

Washington state accuses Facebook, Google of political advertising law violations

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 11, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced June 4 that his office has filed lawsuits against Facebook an Google for their alleged failure to maintain legally required information for Washington state political advertising placed on their online platforms since 2013.

States against climate change lawsuits ask for dismissal of NYC's

By John O'Brien | Jun 5, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The top lawyers of 15 states are again asking a federal judge to reject the legal strategy used by public officials and the private attorneys with whom they’ve teamed to sue the energy industry over alleged effects of climate change.

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

By John O'Brien | May 18, 2018

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

By John O'Brien | May 12, 2018

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

Three state AGs support climate change cases after 15 colleagues did the opposite

By Elizabeth Alt | May 9, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – California, New Jersey and Washington have filed a brief to support Oakland and San Francisco’s suits claiming big oil companies need to be held responsible for their part in global warming.

Washington state secures $6.3 million for victims of alleged tech support scam

By Mark Iandolo | May 3, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced April 19 that iYogi’s parent company in India will pay $6.3 million after allegations iYogi conducted a massive tech support scam.

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

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 26, 2018

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

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.

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

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 23, 2018

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

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 20, 2018

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

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 19, 2018

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

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 16, 2018

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.

New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

By Karen Kidd | Apr 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

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

By Erianne Leatherman | Mar 27, 2018

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.

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