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Public Records Act Requires Government Agencies to Identify and Explain Withholdings and Redactions With Particularity

In the recent decision, City of Lakewood v. Koenig, 2014 WL 7003790, the Washington Supreme Court reminds us of the powerful and important role that the Public Records Act (PRA) plays in ensuring [...]

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The State Owes an Ongoing and Actionable Duty to Children in Foster Care

The State owes a continuous and actionable duty to ensure a child is not placed in an abusive or neglectful foster home. While this may seem obvious, in foster care abuse cases, the State will [...]

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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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Continued: Dependency Rulings and Family Court Decisions As An Affirmative Defense to CPS Liability

In my last post, I told you I’d go into more detail about the case, Tyner v. Dept. of Social and Health Services, 141 Wn.2d 68, 77–82 (1999). Tyner v. Dept. of Social and Health [...]

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Dependency Rulings and Family Court Decisions As An Affirmative Defense to CPS Liability

Over a decade ago, the Washington Supreme Court declared that RCW 26.44.050 creates an actionable duty that flows from DSHS to both children and parents who are harmed by DSHS negligence that [...]