Washington

  • February 02, 2024

    Tribes Fight Industry Bid To Weigh In On Land Swap Dispute

    The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are objecting to two industry groups weighing in on a dispute over a federal land transfer for the expansion of a fertilizer plant, telling the Ninth Circuit that the organizations' "impermissibly partisan" arguments offer no novel legal perspectives on the case.

  • February 02, 2024

    T-Mobile Owes Sprint Cloud-Storage Vendor $6.2M, Suit Says

    T-Mobile USA Inc. is accused of refusing to pay $6.2 million after a technology company said it struck a deal to develop a cloud storage feature with Sprint, only to see the deal fall through after the T-Mobile-Sprint merger, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Washington federal court.

  • February 02, 2024

    Debt Collector Broke Billing Law Over 82K Times, Judge Says

    A Washington state judge found a medical debt collector liable on Friday for violating a consumer protection law 82,729 times by failing to include legally required statements in notices for accounts tied to Providence Health & Services, marking another win for the state in what began as a dispute over the hospital system's billing practices.

  • February 02, 2024

    Insurer Needn't Cover Contractor In Construction Injury Suit

    Evanston Insurance Co. has no duty to defend or indemnify a contractor in an underlying suit filed by a worker who was injured when he fell off a ladder at a construction site, a Washington federal court ruled Friday, saying the policy's residential construction exclusion applies.

  • February 02, 2024

    9th Circ. Unblocks Seattle Graffiti Law

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday reversed and remanded a lower court's preliminary injunction against a Seattle graffiti law that banned drawing, painting or writing on property without the permission of property owners.

  • February 01, 2024

    Judge Not Convinced Game Co. Can Dodge Royalty Payments

    A Washington federal judge said she was not persuaded that a video game company could keep from paying a former contract employee royalties for his work on a survival game that has sold millions of copies, telling an attorney for the company Thursday that someone who produces creative work is entitled to royalties.

  • February 01, 2024

    Wash. Hospitals Pay $158M To End Charity-Skimping Claims

    Providence Health & Services will refund patients $20.6 million and forgive $137.2 million in medical debt to end allegations that the hospital system failed to tell thousands of Washington state residents they were eligible for financial assistance and sent them to collection agencies over unpaid bills, under a settlement made public Thursday.

  • February 01, 2024

    Pacific Market's Trendy Stanley Cups Contain Lead, Suit Says

    Pacific Market International was hit with a proposed false advertising class action in California state court Thursday by four women who allege that its trendy, Stanley-branded drinking tumblers that have gone viral and skyrocketed in popularity thanks to its brand partnerships with social media influencers, contain lead.

  • February 01, 2024

    Eddie Bauer Pushes 9th Circ. To Rethink False Ad Suit Revival

    Eddie Bauer has asked the Ninth Circuit to reconsider en banc a split three-judge panel's decision partially resurrecting a proposed class action claiming its outlet store price tags falsely advertised major discounts, arguing that the finding allows the suit to proceed even though there is "no risk of any future deception."

  • February 01, 2024

    Bankrupt Pharma Co. Impel Gets OK For $17.5M Sale

    Migraine-drug maker Impel Pharmaceuticals can proceed with its sale to JN Bidco LLC, which had made a $17.5 million stalking horse bid, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stacey G. Jernigan said at a hearing Thursday in a Texas bankruptcy court.

  • February 01, 2024

    $50M Tire Supply Demand Could Fall Flat, Conn. Judge Says

    A Hartford federal judge on Thursday said he was unconvinced that he could interpret an Iowa company's preferred supplier agreement in a way that would generate a nearly $50 million judgment against a longtime buyer, and asked for further briefing to justify the company's position.

  • February 01, 2024

    Publicis Reaches $350M Opioid Settlement With All 50 States

    Publicis Health LLC settled a lawsuit on Thursday with all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories for $350 million over claims that it helped exacerbate the opioid crisis through its work with Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer behind OxyContin.

  • February 01, 2024

    9th Circ. Told RICO Claim Can't Stick To Enviro Complaint

    Developer Relevant Group has shot back at eight interest groups who told the Ninth Circuit in a combined brief that it should allow a property owner to challenge projects using California environmental law, in a case from the developer arguing the complaints over its work amount to extortion.

  • January 31, 2024

    Law Firm Shielded From Doctor's Claims It Abused Process

    A Washington state judge said the state's law against meritless litigation protects a law firm from a suit brought by a plastic surgeon who claimed the firm abused the legal process by accusing her of trying to evade a $13 million malpractice verdict. 

  • January 31, 2024

    Auto Parts Co. To Pay $3M To End China Import Duty Probe

    An Oregon-based auto accessory manufacturer has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that it intentionally underreported certain duties owed on aluminum parts from China, defrauding U.S. Customs and Border Protection and illegally undercutting American competitors, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • January 31, 2024

    Consumer Slams Car Care Provider's Exit Bid In Contract Suit

    A Washington state vehicle owner urged a federal court to preserve her suit against a vehicle care protection provider and its insurer alleging they sold agreements lacking key disclosures, saying the agreement is a service contract under consumer protection laws.

  • January 31, 2024

    Worker Claims Boeing Owed Duty To Future Children

    A family suing Boeing in Washington state court for allegedly using factory chemicals that induced birth defects is arguing that the aerospace giant owed a duty of care to the employee's child because it knew about the risk of reproductive harm for decades before the employee became a father.

  • January 31, 2024

    Doctor In NBA Fraud Case Moves To Ditch Atty, Yank Plea

    A Seattle-based physician accused of generating false invoices for a group of NBA players to submit to the league's healthcare plan has asked a Manhattan federal judge to let him drop his attorney, citing a difference of opinion over his trying to back out of his plea agreement.

  • January 30, 2024

    Amazon Beats Suit Over Privacy And Antitrust Issues For Now

    A Washington federal judge agreed Tuesday to throw out Amazon investors' suit claiming company leaders hid purported violations of privacy and antitrust law, though he said they could amend their complaint to address his concerns.

  • January 30, 2024

    Wash. Judge Won't Toss Dialysis Nurse's Class Wage Claims

    A Washington federal judge declined on Tuesday to dismiss a healthcare worker's proposed class action accusing Fresenius Medical Care and one of its subsidiaries of wage violations, ruling the former nurse has shown the companies are joint employers that could potentially both be held liable for the allegations.

  • January 30, 2024

    Boeing Hit With Securities Fraud Suit Over 737 Max 9 Blowout

    Rhode Island's largest public employees retirement fund accused Boeing of misleading investors about the overall safety of its 737 Max jets, alleging in a new lawsuit Tuesday that the recent midair blowout aboard an Alaska Airlines flight showcases how missteps by Boeing's top brass have diminished shareholder value.

  • January 30, 2024

    Trader Joe's Supplier Wins Contract Claim Over Bony Birds

    A Washington federal judge ruled on Tuesday that a poultry supplier breached its contract by selling a Trader Joe's chicken burger manufacturer a "boneless" shipment that contained bone fragments, while ruling that a jury should decide other issues in the supply chain suit, including whether the batch was wrongly characterized as "breast trim."

  • January 30, 2024

    Wash. Panel Says Legal Malpractice Suit Is Time-Barred

    A Washington state appeals court declined on Tuesday to revive a case accusing a law firm of botching terms in the sale of a client's construction company, finding that the client waited past the three-year statute of limitations to file his legal malpractice claims.

  • January 30, 2024

    Allergan Asks 9th Circ. To Ignore Atty's Claims Of Fraud

    Allergan has urged the Ninth Circuit to uphold a California federal court's decision to toss a suit from a patent litigator concerning claims of fraudulently landing dementia drug patents, arguing that the conduct has been publicly disclosed, and that the litigator did not bring any new information to the appeal.

  • January 30, 2024

    Hyundai, Kia Can Ask 9th Circ. To Vet Cities' Car-Theft Claims

    A California federal judge said Hyundai and Kia can ask the Ninth Circuit to consider whether cities in New York, Ohio and Wisconsin can sue the automakers over a nationwide wave of car thefts following a viral TikTok trend that popularized tips for breaking into their vehicles.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Circuit Rulings Confirm Ch. 11 Trustee Fee Refund Trend

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    Recent Ninth and Eleventh Circuit rulings that Chapter 11 debtors are entitled to refunds for unconstitutional bankruptcy trustee fees paid under the Bankruptcy Judgeship Act support a developing trend in debtors' favor, making it likely that courts considering the same question will follow suit, says Adam Herring at Nelson Mullins.

  • RICO Trade Secret Standard Prevails Within 9th Circ. Courts

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    Federal courts in the Ninth Circuit seem to be requiring a relatively high degree of factual detail — arguably more than is expressly mandated by statute — to plead and maintain Racketeer and Corrupt Organizations Act claims in trade secret disputes, says Cary Sullivan at Jones Day.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Amgen-Horizon Deal May Signal FTC's Return To Bargaining

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent settlement of its challenge to Amgen's proposed acquisition of Horizon Therapeutics marks the latest in a string of midlitigation settlements, and may signal that competition regulators are more inclined toward such negotiations following recent litigation losses, say attorneys at Freshfields.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • Opinion

    9th Circ.'s Latest UBH Ruling Ignores Case's Core Issue

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision to vacate its earlier opinion in Wit v. United Behavioral Health frustratingly disregards the case’s key issue of benefits coverage for mental health treatment, and illogically elevates an insurer's discretionary authority over the medically necessary needs of patients, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • 9th Circ. Kellogg Ruling Offers Protein Claim Defense Tips

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    The Ninth Circuit's recent opinion dismissing consolidated false advertising class actions against Kellogg and Kashi should be required reading for manufacturers that include protein-related claims on their product labels because it significantly clarifies the viability of state law challenges to those claims, say Olivia Dworkin and Cortlin Lannin at Covington.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • Calif., Wash. Rest Break Waivers: What Carriers Must Know

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    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's recent invitation for petitions to waive its rules on meal and rest breaks for commercial drivers in California and Washington is an unusual move, and the agency's own guidance seems to acknowledge that its plan may face legal challenges, says Jessica Scott at Wheeler Trigg.

  • How Taxpayers Can Prep As Justices Weigh Repatriation Tax

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    The U.S. Supreme Court might strike down the 2017 federal tax overhaul's corporate repatriation tax in Moore v. U.S., so taxpayers should file protective tax refund claims before the case is decided and repatriate previously taxed earnings that could become entangled in dubious potential Section 965 refunds, say Jenny Austin and Gary Wilcox at Mayer Brown.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • Retailers Face Compliance Issues As PFAS Regulations Grow

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    As per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance legislation, and the potential for litigation, continues to evolve and spread nationally, retailers should focus on supply chain management, inventory audits and maintaining strong internal standard operating procedures as a way to manage compliance and minimize risk, say attorneys at Dentons.

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