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How to press “pause” on the statute of limitations

Occasionally, our office receives calls from people who suffered from medical malpractice two years and eleven months prior. Because medical malpractice claims require a great deal of review, [...]

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Case update: Ralph v. State of Washington Dep’t of Nat. Resources

The Washington Supreme Court held in Ralph v. State of Washington Dep’t of Nat. Resources (PDF) that all superior courts of Washington State stand as one and have the jurisdictional authority to [...]

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Infallible, Untouchable: Ministerial Immunity in Washington Law

In 2012, the Washington State Supreme Court issued an alarming decision in Erdman v. Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 175 Wn.2d 659, 286 P.3d 357 (2012).  Relying on a recent decision by the [...]

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Tax Season

I paid off two student loans from law school in December. As I took my victory lap, a casual remark by an acquaintance bothered me: “But what about the deduction for your student loan interest? [...]

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Non-Economic Damages for the Death of an Elderly Plaintiff

On November 6, 2014, WSAJ presented a CLE on wrongful death damages which included a presentation by attorney Mark Kosieradzki titled, “Non-Economic Damages for the Death of An Elderly [...]

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Florist Discrimination Case to Proceed to Trial in March 2015

On March 1, 2013, florist Baronnelle Stutzman and her Richland shop, Arlene’s Flowers, she refused to sell flowers to two longtime customers for their same-sex marriage ceremony. Ms. Stutzman [...]

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Recent Kitsap County Ruling Applying Punitive Damages to Corporate Nursing Home Defendants

A Kitsap County judge recently ruled in a nursing home wrongful death case, Sharp v. Life Care Centers, that punitive damages may apply to the Tennessee corporate defendants in that case, Life [...]

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Is it really worth it to create your own document templates?

Is the sky blue? Okay, okay: to be fair, efficient case management software can solve most of your drafting woes, but alas, that software is only as good as those who regularly enter up-to-date [...]

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You Can’t Spell “Lien” Without “Lie”: Unenforceability of Medical Services Liens Against Patients

The typical demand letter received from a third party liability (TPL) vendor regarding notice of a medical services lien under chapter 60.44 RCW usually includes language to this effect:  “you [...]