Washington

  • February 12, 2024

    Live Nation Buyers Urge 9th Circ. To Nix Arbitration Rules

    Consumers suing Live Nation and Ticketmaster in a proposed antitrust class action have told the Ninth Circuit that a district court correctly ruled the companies' failure to tell ticket buyers they were switching to a new arbitrator is "procedurally unconscionable to an extreme degree."

  • February 12, 2024

    Debt Collector Signs $2.45M Deal In Ransomware Breach Suit

    Convergent Outsourcing will pay $2.45 million to settle a proposed class action stemming from a ransomware attack two years ago that potentially exposed the names, contact information and Social Security numbers of over 640,000 people, according to a renewed preliminary approval motion filed Friday in Washington federal court.

  • February 12, 2024

    Amazon Settles IP Suit Over Warehouse Robotics

    Amazon.com Inc. and an augmented reality company have agreed to settle a legal dispute over technology used for warehouse robotics, according to a magistrate judge's order Friday ending a federal lawsuit in Texas.

  • February 12, 2024

    Prime Subscriber Sues Amazon Over Ad-Free-Viewing Charge

    A California man is bringing a proposed class action against Amazon over its plans to charge Prime subscribers extra for ad-free streaming.

  • February 12, 2024

    Aaron's Job Applicant Insists He Can Sue Over Online Posting

    A job seeker is claiming he has a right to sue rent-to-own retailer Aaron's for allegedly running afoul of Washington's pay transparency law even though he was never hired, arguing it would be "absurd" to require him to take the job before being able to sue over a lack of details in a posting.

  • February 12, 2024

    9th Circ. Revives Lowe's Worker's Nonindividual PAGA Claims

    The Ninth Circuit upheld a decision ordering a Lowe's employee's individual California Private Attorneys General Act wage claims to arbitration, finding Monday that her arbitration agreement was enforceable and vacating the dismissal of her representative claims with instructions to apply the California Supreme Court's holding in Adolph v. Uber Technologies.

  • February 12, 2024

    9th Circ. Urged To Halt Washington State Pot Licensing

    A Michigan resident and a California lawyer vying for one of Washington state's social equity cannabis licenses are urging the Ninth Circuit to block regulators from issuing the licenses because their program allegedly discriminates against out-of-state players.

  • February 12, 2024

    Cannabis Fintech Withheld $500K In $7.5M Deal, Suit Says

    A Washington state-based fintech firm that provides payment solutions to cannabis retailers failed to pay the final $500,000 in a $7.5 million deal to buy a rival company, according to a breach-of-contract suit filed in Seattle federal court.

  • February 09, 2024

    9th Circ. Judge Doubts Continued Role In Tribal Fishing Fight

    A Ninth Circuit judge on Friday questioned whether federal courts' 50-year stretch of close supervision of Washington tribal fishing rights was too long, in a case involving the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians' dispute with several other tribes involving fishing territories in coastal waters.

  • February 09, 2024

    Amazon Can Keep Suicide Appeal, Despite Official's Doubts

    A Washington State Supreme Court official said Friday he believed Amazon shouldn't be able to end claims it sold chemicals people used to kill themselves, but would nevertheless allow the e-commerce giant to contest rulings that allowed the suits to proceed.

  • February 09, 2024

    Live Nation Defends 'Modest' Arbitration Tweaks At 9th Circ

    Live Nation Entertainment Inc. told the Ninth Circuit that a California district judge was wrong to remove ticket buyers' antitrust claims from arbitration simply because the company changed arbitrators.

  • February 09, 2024

    Microsoft Says Plaintiffs Show No Harm In Overbroad AI Suit

    A legal battle between consumers who say they've been harmed by unlawful data-collection practices related to the development of artificial intelligence and companies that control the new technology continued when Microsoft argued that the accusations against it were simply too broad and unexplained to allow the case to proceed.

  • February 09, 2024

    Ex-Terminix Worker Asks 9th Circ. To Revive PAGA Wage Fight

    A former Terminix worker urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to vacate an order tossing his nonindividual wage claims while sending his individual California Private Attorneys General Act claims to arbitration, arguing he has standing to bring nonindividual claims under the California Supreme Court's decision in Adolph v. Uber Technologies. 

  • February 09, 2024

    Robinhood Inks $9M Deal To End Promotional Text Suit

    Stock-trading app Robinhood has agreed to pay $9 million to resolve proposed class claims that its "Refer a Friend" program caused non-users to receive unsolicited promotional texts, in violation of Washington state law, consumers told a Seattle federal judge Thursday.

  • February 09, 2024

    Seattle YWCA Says BNY Mellon Mismanaged $20M Fund

    A Seattle-area chapter of the nonprofit Young Women's Christian Association has sued BNY Mellon alleging the bank's mismanagement of an investment portfolio caused $1.4 million in losses for the organization.

  • February 09, 2024

    DEA Wrong To Block Psilocybin Therapy, 9th Circ. Told

    The Drug Enforcement Administration was wrong to deny a Seattle-based physician's request to treat terminally ill patients with psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, under right-to-try laws, the Ninth Circuit was told recently.

  • February 09, 2024

    Consulting Co. Can't Sink Class Challenge To 401(k) Roster

    A Washington federal judge refused to grant a win to a consulting company in a class action brought by a former worker who accused it of costing its 401(k) millions of dollars by offering risky investment options, teeing up the suit to head to trial in April.

  • February 09, 2024

    Pike Place TM Suit Dismissed Following Seattle Settlement

    A Washington judge tossed a trademark infringement case between a popular Seattle fish stand and its landlord after the two parties came to a settlement agreement over claims that the stand had infringed the "Pike Place" mark through the sale of packaged smoked salmon.

  • February 09, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Ford Must Face F-350 Crushed Roof Lawsuit

    The parents of a rodeo barrel racer who died when the roof of her F-350 Super Duty pickup caved in during a rollover will get another shot at pursuing their lawsuit against Ford, the Ninth Circuit ruled, saying their design defect claims aren't time-barred under California law.

  • February 09, 2024

    Ore. Dam Can Be Reviewed In 5 Years, Judge Says

    An Oregon federal district court judge handed down a five-year pause on a decades-old lawsuit over the Columbia River System dams' hydropower practices, saying a stay best serves the orderly course of justice in litigation that's rife with complex issues.

  • February 09, 2024

    Feds Ask 9th Circ. To Pull Plug On Ore. Kids' Climate Case

    The federal government is urging the Ninth Circuit to overturn an Oregon federal judge's decision to greenlight a trial for a lawsuit filed by young plaintiffs who say current energy policies harm their future by exacerbating climate change.

  • February 09, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Sullivan & Cromwell, Kirkland

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, California Resources Corp. acquires Aera Energy, ZeroFox Holdings goes private, and Acerinox purchases Haynes International.

  • February 08, 2024

    Amazon Hit With Class Action Over 'Rigged' Buying Features

    Two consumers hit Amazon with a proposed class action Thursday in Washington federal court, alleging "hundreds of millions" of customers have overpaid for items because of Amazon rigging algorithms to boost sales of its own retail business and third-party sellers participating in its fulfillment service.

  • February 08, 2024

    Wash. Court Demurs On Ex-NFL Player Abuse Claim

    A Washington appeals court said it won't yet decide if domestic violence can be recognized as an ongoing tort — an issue raised in a woman's lawsuit accusing her ex-romantic partner, former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, of abuse — ruling on Thursday that the trial judge must make that call first.

  • February 08, 2024

    Wash. Judge Says Tribes Can't Seek Cultural Damages

    A Washington federal judge said the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation can't seek millions of dollars of cultural resource damages over discharges from a Teck Resources Ltd. unit's smelter in Trail, British Columbia, holding that such damages can't be recovered under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

Expert Analysis

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • When Courts Engage In Fact-Finding At The Pleading Stage

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    It remains to be seen whether the Ninth Circuit's pleading-stage factual determination in a securities class action against Nvidia was sui generis or part of a trend, but the court has created a template for district courts to follow, says Jared Kopel at Alto Litigation.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • How Legal Teams Can Prep For Life Sciences' Tech Revolution

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    The life sciences and health care industries are uniquely positioned to take advantage of new efficiencies created by cloud computing and generative artificial intelligence, but the sensitivity of their data also demands careful navigation of an expanding legislative and regulatory landscape, say Kristi Gedid, Zack Laplante and Lisa LaMotta at Ernst & Young.

  • Harvard's Broker Fight Shows Active Risk Management Is Key

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    Harvard University’s recently filed suit against its insurance broker for alleged malpractice in handling the Students for Fair Admissions claim illustrates that risk management requires the concerted effort of policyholders, brokers and insurers to protect against disastrous losses, say William McMichael and David Klein at Pillsbury.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Beware Privacy Risks In Training AI Models With Health Data

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    Because data used to train artificial intelligence models may be protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or other regulations, users of these models should conduct proper diligence to avoid costly compliance failures, say Neha Matta and Barbara Bennett at Frost Brown.

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