Washington

  • February 13, 2024

    Progressive Unit Sued Over Policy Nixed Before House Fire

    A Washington married couple sued a Progressive unit over up to $750,000 in coverage for losses stemming from a house fire, claiming the insurer unfairly canceled their policy before the blaze without properly notifying them in accordance with state law.

  • February 12, 2024

    Teradata Asks 9th Circ. To Revive SAP Antitrust, IP Claims

    Data analytics outfit Teradata urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to revive its trade secret and tying claims against software giant SAP, saying a lower court judge wrongly excluded testimony from its expert economist and misconstrued agreements about confidentiality made when the two companies attempted a partnership.

  • February 12, 2024

    Tilray Slammed For 'Secret' Bid To Undo Exec's $4M Award

    A former Tilray executive accused the company of "cloak-and-dagger" legal maneuvering on Monday as she urged a federal judge to let stand her $4 million arbitration victory against the company, arguing that Tilray didn't even wait for her award to be finalized in Minnesota before running to a Washington court to void it.

  • February 12, 2024

    9th Circ. Sends Sports Buyers' Data Breach Suits To Arbitration

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday backed a California federal judge's ruling that a group of consumers must arbitrate their claims in six proposed class actions against online sports apparel retailers after their personal information was exposed in a data breach.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • The Key Laws Retailers Should Pay Attention To In 2024

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    2024 promises to be another transformative year for retailers as they navigate the evolving regulatory landscape, particularly surrounding data privacy and sustainability laws, meaning companies should make it a practice to keep track of new legislation and invest in compliance efforts early on, say attorneys at Benesch.

  • What's Ahead For Immigrant Employee Rights Enforcement

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s increased enforcement related to immigration-based employment discrimination is coupled with pending constitutional challenges to administrative tribunals, suggesting employers should leverage those headwinds when facing investigations or class action-style litigation, say attorneys at Jones Day.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Still Murky After A Choppy 2023

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    This year brought several important Clean Water Act jurisdictional developments, including multiple agency rules and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that substantially altered the definition of "waters of the United States," but a new wave of litigation challenges has already begun, with no clear end in sight, say attorneys at Nossaman.

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • FDA's Recent Litigation Records Are Strong, But Imperfect

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    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has notched its share of litigation wins in recent years thanks to a number of key advantages, but the FDA has been less successful in certain highly visible arenas, Jonathan Berman and Colleen Heisey at Jones Day.

  • Starbucks Raise Ruling Highlights Labor Law Catch-22

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    A National Labor Relations Board judge recently ruled that Starbucks violated federal labor law when it gave raises to nonunion employees only, demonstrating that conflicts present in workforces with both union and nonunion employees can put employers in no-win situations if they don't consider how their actions will be interpreted, say attorneys at Duane Morris.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • Series

    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • Aviation Watch: Pilots Face Mental Health Catch-22

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    The recent case of an Alaska Airlines pilot who attempted to crash an airliner in flight highlights the dilemma facing federally licensed cockpit personnel who need psychological help, yet could lose their jobs if they seek it — but a long-running program may provide a solution, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and aviation expert.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • 9th Circ. Ruling May Expand Short-Swing Profit Exemption

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent dismissal of a shareholder derivative suit in Roth v. Foris Ventures LLC provides boards of directors with greater latitude to approve certain securities transactions under the the Securities Exchange Act’s Section 16(b) short-swing profits rule, say John Stigi and John Mysliwiec at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

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