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Class Inaction: The Roberts Court’s Continued Deck Stacking Against Class Action Litigants (Part One)

For those that follow class action law and United States Supreme Court jurisprudence on the subject, it is no secret that the current Court, headed by Justice Roberts, is no friend to class [...]

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Limits of Reason: Discovery and Evidence in Covenant Judgment Reasonableness Hearings (Part Two)

Despite precedent refusing to reopen discovery for intervening insurance companies prior to a trial court’s determination of a settlement’s reasonableness, insurers have become more and more [...]

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Limits of Reason: Discovery and Evidence in Covenant Judgment Reasonableness Hearings (Part One)

In cases with an underinsured defendant and an insurer’s bad faith investigation claims handling, defense preparations, or settlement demands, one appealing option may be to settle with the [...]

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Data Breach Victims Report Fraudulent Tax Returns Filed

Recently, Premera Blue Cross announced that a “sophisticated cyberattack” exposed the personal information of approximately 11 million individuals to hackers and identity thieves.  The data [...]

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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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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 [...]

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The Shoes Don’t Fit: Inapplicability of Medical Services Liens to UIM Benefits

We all know the drill by now:  some “third party liability” (TPL) vendor like Hunter Donaldson or Avectus gets wind that our clients have received some insurance payments and starts demanding [...]