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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 state residential care facility owes $2.79 million for alleged false Medicaid claims

By Marian Johns | Dec 17, 2018

SEATTLE — A former Washington state residential care facility has been ordered to pay $2.79 million after a lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general alleges the company submitted close to $1 million in false Medicaid claims.

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance alleges city's storm sewer system violates Clean Water Act

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 14, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit in Washington that focuses on protecting Puget Sound from pollution alleges that a city's municipal storm sewer system is discharging pollutants into navigable waters.

Washington state: 5 additional national franchises agree to 'no-poach' policy

By Marian Johns | Dec 10, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Five national chains facing a lawsuit from Washington State have recently joined more than 30 other franchises who have agreed to stop using "no-poach" clauses in their franchisee agreements, according to Washington's attorney general.

Washington state children's charity founder allegedly used donations for personal expenses

By Marian Johns | Dec 3, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Washington state children's charity founder faces a lawsuit by the state, alleging he used the charity's funds for personal expenses.

Oakland, San Francisco switch lawyers as climate change lawsuits face possible reckoning

By Daniel Fisher | Nov 29, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - The cities of Oakland and San Francisco have replaced the private lawyers representing them in climate change litigation as a series of lawsuits against ExxonMobil, Shell and other oil companies head toward what could be their final challenges in appeals courts on either coast.

Washington court rebukes judge for allowing `necessity defense’ in climate trespass

By Daniel Fisher | Nov 28, 2018

SPOKANE, WASH. (Legal Newsline) – An appeals court in Washington state has reversed a trial judge’s decision to allow an environmental protester to present a “necessity defense” against criminal trespass charges over blockading a coal train he said was contributing to global warming.

BNSF Railway alleges Washington railroad construction project is preempted by federal law

By Bree Gonzales | Nov 27, 2018

TACOMA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A common carrier alleges its railroad construction project in a Washington county is not subject to state, county and local laws.

Individuals, NRA challenging Washington State gun regulations

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 26, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – Several individuals and the National Rifle Association are challenging new gun regulations in Washington State.

Feds allege Washington resident engaged in money laundering

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 26, 2018

TACOMA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – The federal government alleges that a Washington resident has engaged in money laundering.

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.

Former owners of medical marijuana business file fraud suit against Washington attorney

By John Sammon | Nov 13, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – The former owners of a medical pot-growing business that went belly-up are asking the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington for a jury trial and more than $2 million in damages, claiming they were fleeced by an attorney and his client.

EEOC: Washington state staffing agency told deaf applicant company does not hire the deaf

By Marian Johns | Nov 5, 2018

SEATTLE — A staffing and recruiting agency in Washington state faces a lawsuit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it turned away a job applicant for being deaf.

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 state accuses Jersey Mike's of 'no-poach' clause in franchise contracts

By Marian Johns | Oct 23, 2018

SEATTLE — Washington state has filed a lawsuit against Jersey Mike's restaurant chain for the company's alleged refusal to remove a "no-poach" clause from its franchise contracts that prohibits employees from moving among restaurants in the same corporate chain.

Washington state civil rights resolution of $525,000 reached in case against agricultural company

By Marian Johns | Oct 23, 2018

SPOKANE — A Washington state agricultural company is to pay $525,000 to resolve sexual harassment allegations by its workers and is one of the largest civil rights resolutions in the state's history, according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

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.

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