Washington

  • 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.

  • February 08, 2024

    Microsoft Calls FTC Activision Layoff Worries 'Misleading'

    Microsoft on Thursday criticized the Federal Trade Commission's "incomplete and misleading" assertion that the company's plan to lay off 1,900 video game workers undercuts its claim that Activision Blizzard Inc. would be maintained as an independent business while the commission challenges the gaming company's $68.7 billion acquisition.

  • February 08, 2024

    House Energy And Commerce Chair Says She'll Retire

    U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees several federal agencies including telecommunications, energy and environmental regulators, announced on Thursday she won't seek reelection.

  • February 08, 2024

    Atty In 'The Saudi Sun' Case Seeks Jury Trial Over Sanctions

    A Seattle attorney accused of creating a fake newspaper called The Saudi Sun and filing it as a court exhibit is pushing back against a $268,000 sanction order, arguing to the Ninth Circuit that he should have a jury trial first.

  • February 08, 2024

    Wash. Tribes Sue Chevron, Others Over Climate Impacts

    A pair of western Washington tribes claim ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 have lied to consumers about the harmful climate impacts of their fossil fuel products, imperiling their lands and resources and citizens' health, according to complaints removed to federal court by Chevron.

  • February 08, 2024

    Doctor In NBA Fraud Case Can Ditch Atty Over Plea Squabble

    A Seattle physician accused of taking part in a healthcare fraud scheme orchestrated by former NBA players may drop his court-appointed attorney and represent himself in the New York criminal trial, a federal judge in Manhattan ordered, approving the move after the doctor claimed the lawyer refused to withdraw his guilty plea.

  • February 08, 2024

    Seattle Hospital Owes $215K In Mold Suit, Jury Finds

    A Seattle jury awarded $215,000 Thursday to three families whose children were prescribed antifungal treatment after being potentially exposed to toxic mold at Seattle Children's Hospital, concluding a bellwether damages trial and rejecting plaintiffs' request for far more. 

  • February 08, 2024

    Insurer Improperly Settled Shooting Claims, Court Told

    A Seattle-based housing provider said its primary insurer improperly tendered policy limits to settle two underlying claims alleging the provider was liable for deadly shootings near its apartment buildings in Georgia, telling a Washington state court that its insurer's actions have diluted its coverage for other claims.

  • February 07, 2024

    Ex-Rabobank Exec Comes Out Swinging At OCC In 9th Circ.

    A former Rabobank compliance chief on Tuesday told the Ninth Circuit that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is an unlawfully overstaffed, overreaching agency whose now-abandoned administrative proceedings against her were baseless and should be expunged.

  • February 07, 2024

    Coupang Says Ex-Atty's Suit Doesn't Work Outside US

    South Korean e-commerce giant Coupang said a former in-house compliance attorney's case against it for firing him after he reported it for allegedly doing business with the Iranian government should be thrown out because he was working outside the U.S. for a foreign company when he made his whistleblowing complaint.

  • February 07, 2024

    Unfriend $90M Facebook Privacy Deal, Objectors Tell 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit heard Wednesday from various objectors who oppose a $90 million deal ending litigation accusing Facebook of unlawfully tracking logged-out users' browsing activity, with one attorney saying Facebook's due process rights wouldn't be violated if it were ordered to pay over $1 trillion in damages.

  • February 07, 2024

    US Tells 9th Circ. Stem Cell Clinic Not Exempt From FDA Rules

    The federal government urged a Ninth Circuit panel Wednesday to revive its bid to stop a clinic from offering experimental stem cell treatments, arguing the clinic's procedures are governed by the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act because they result in a new product that is marketed as a cure for certain diseases. 

  • February 07, 2024

    Med Mal Case Dropped Before Wash. Justices Decide Blame

    A woman treated for injuries from a car crash has dropped her malpractice lawsuit against a hospital and a doctor, in a case a federal judge sent to the Washington Supreme Court to decide if the hospital could partially blame the patient for her injuries because she was driving while intoxicated.

  • February 07, 2024

    TradeStation To Pay SEC, States $3M Over Crypto Lending

    State and federal securities regulators on Wednesday unveiled a $3 million set of settlements with TradeStation Crypto Inc. to resolve claims that the crypto-focused brokerage failed to register its interest-earning program for digital assets as a security.

  • February 07, 2024

    Wash. High Court Won't Review J&J Patient Privacy Ruling

    The Washington State Supreme Court won't review a ruling blocking Johnson & Johnson from seeing data on millions of patients in a suit over the opioid epidemic, just weeks after the drugmaker struck a $150 million deal with the state to end the litigation.

  • February 07, 2024

    Asylum Limits Suit Paused For Possible Settlement

    A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday temporarily paused a suit by asylum seekers challenging a Biden administration rule limiting asylum at the southern border after the parties said they are exploring a settlement.

  • February 07, 2024

    Ford Says Explorer Recall Offers Doom Faulty Bolt Suit

    Ford Motor Co. is urging a Washington federal judge to toss a proposed class action accusing the automaker of selling Explorers designed with a single unreliable rear axle bolt, saying the dispute isn't ripe for litigation because the vehicle owners haven't exhausted their options under two ongoing recalls.

  • February 07, 2024

    Don't Halt Rehire Order At Hotel Bel-Air, NLRB Tells 9th Circ.

    A Los Angeles hotel can't stall the enforcement of a National Labor Relations Board decision ordering the company to rehire more than 100 employees, the NLRB told the Ninth Circuit, saying the hotel hasn't shown that it's likely the U.S. Supreme Court will take up this dispute.

  • February 07, 2024

    Facebook User Fights Uphill To Revive BIPA Case At 9th Circ.

    A Ninth Circuit judge on Wednesday told an attorney for a man alleging Facebook violated an Illinois biometric privacy law by storing an image of his face that he may agree a lower court's rationale for tossing the case was wrong, but said there might be other grounds for affirming the judgment.

  • February 07, 2024

    FTC Says Layoff Shows Microsoft Will Control Activision

    The Federal Trade Commission, which is appealing a district court's refusal to block the $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday that a plan to lay off 1,900 video game workers undercuts assertions of an independent post-deal Activision.

  • February 07, 2024

    Insurer Asks 9th Circ. To Rehear Wildfire Pollution Ruling

    An insurer urged the Ninth Circuit to rehear a dispute over its obligation to defend a contractor against a truck driver's lung injury suit, arguing that the majority wrongfully relied on a 2003 California Supreme Court ruling to find a pollution exclusion didn't apply.

  • February 06, 2024

    Charts May Not Be Greatly Similar In IP Case, Judge Says

    A federal magistrate judge said he was not convinced that a Washington software company's managing chart was "strikingly similar" to a chart created by a management consultant who has accused the software firm of infringement, questioning Tuesday if there was enough to show that the defendants had direct access to the protected chart.

  • February 06, 2024

    9th Circ. Won't Review $1.3B India Award Fight

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday refused to revisit its decision overturning the enforcement of a $1.3 billion arbitral award issued to an Indian satellite communications company on jurisdictional grounds, despite a scathing dissent from several judges criticizing the appellate court's outlier position on the relevant issue.

  • February 07, 2024

    CORRECTED: 9th Circ. Nixes Mexican Movie Co.'s Award Challenge

    The Ninth Circuit has agreed with a lower court's enforcement of an arbitral award against a Mexican motion picture distributor in a case involving a California film production company's right to distribute in Latin America the movie "Ava" starring Jessica Chastain. Correction: A previous version of this article's headline has been corrected.

  • February 06, 2024

    Investment Report Shows Cost Of Delaying Climate Action

    Insurers could face billions of dollars in losses if they continue with their current courses of investments that contribute to climate change, according to a new analysis by insurance regulators from California, Oregon and Washington.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Courts Shouldn't Credit Allegations From Short-Seller Reports

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    Securities class actions against public companies can extend for years and lead to significant settlements, so courts should not allow such cases with allegations wholly reliant on reports by short-sellers, who have an economic interest in seeing a company's stock price decline, to proceed past the motion to dismiss stage, says Richard Zelichov at DLA Piper.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • State Regs Sow Discord Between Cannabis, Hemp Industries

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    Connecticut, Maryland and Washington are the latest states choosing to require intoxicating hemp products to comply with the states' recreational marijuana laws, resulting in a widening rift between cannabis and hemp as Congress works on crafting new hemp legislation within the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill, say attorneys at Wilson Elser.

  • Series

    Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Series

    In Focus At The EEOC: Advancing Equal Pay

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    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recently finalized strategic enforcement plan expresses a renewed commitment to advancing equal pay at a time when employees have unprecedented access to compensation information, highlighting for employers the importance of open communication and ongoing pay equity analyses, say Paul Evans at Baker McKenzie and Christine Hendrickson at Syndio.

  • Return Days Key In Hyatt COVID-19 Layoffs Ruling

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Hartstein v. Hyatt, which clarified when the hotel giant had to pay out accrued vacation time after pandemic-prompted temporary layoffs, highlights the importance of whether an employer specifies a return date within the normal pay period, say attorneys at ArentFox Schiff.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • 9th Circ. Ruling Expands The Horizons Of Debt Discharge

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    The Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel’s recent ruling in RS Air v. NetJets demonstrates that creditors should not be quick to conclude that their recoveries are limited if a debtor commences bankruptcy and receives a discharge, and should instead consider other potential paths for recovery, like alter ego claims, say Dania Slim and Claire Wu at Pillsbury.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Life Sciences Cos. Can Prevent Securities Class Actions

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    Though the overall volume of securities fraud class actions has dipped in the last couple of years, life sciences companies remain a particularly popular target for these filings and should employ best practices to minimize risk, say Joni Jacobsen and Angela Liu at Dechert.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

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