Washington Administrative Law Law

Carla Dartor v. United States of America

Richland, Washington administrative law lawyer represented Plaintiff, who sought judicial review of and agency decision.... More...   $0 (08-06-2021 - WA)

Salina Savage, er al. United States of America v. CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company

Spokane, WA: CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC), a prime contractor at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site, has agreed to pay $3,038,270 million to resolve allegations that CHPRC violated the False Claims Act by submitting false and fraudulent small business subcontract reports.

In 2008, CHPRC, a Washington subsidiary of CH2M Hill Companies Ltd., which is headquartered in... More...
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United States of America v. Andrey Turchin, a/k/a "fxmsp"

Seattle, WA - The United States of America charged Andrey Turchin, age 37, also known as
fxmsp also known as Andej Turchin also known as Adik Dalv also known as Vadim bld with conspiracy to commit computer hacking, unathorized access to a protected computer, intentional damage to a protected computer, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and access device fraud.

Defendant was charged with ... More...
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United States of America v. Julie Osnes and Julie Osnes Consulting, LLC

Spokane, WA - Consultant Agrees to Pay $751,571 to Settle False Claims Act Liability for Alleged Falsification of Snap Quality Control Data

Julie Osnes and her company, Julie Osnes Consulting LLC (together “Osnes”), of Pierre, South Dakota, agreed to pay the United States $7... More...
   $751571 (06-18-2019 - WA)

Curtis Rockaird v. BNSF Railway Company

These appeals follow a civil jury trial. The jury found
that BNSF Railway Company violated the anti-retaliation
provision of the Federal Railroad Safety Act (“FRSA”) when
BNSF fired Curtis Rookaird for, in part, refusing to stop
performing an air-brake test on a 42-car train that he was
tasked with moving. Rookaird was awarded over $1.2
million in damages. BNSF appeals issu... More...
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Richard Lee Rynearson, III v. Robert Ferguson

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

This appeal calls on us to consider the scope of federal
court abstention under Younger v. Harris, 401 U.S. 37 (1971).
In particular, we consider whether federal courts should
abstain from exercising jurisdiction over a constitutional
challenge to a state criminal statute while there are ongoing
state court protection order proceedings arguably related to
the challenge to t... More...
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United States of America v.Billy Jim Swann

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma, WA - Prominent Southwest Washington Fishing Guide Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Disability Fraud Scheme
Defendant Claimed he was Disabled and Unemployed at the Same Time he Ran a Successful Business Featured in Magazines, Online and on the Radio

A prominent Southwest Washington fishing guide was sentenced today in U.S. District court in Tacoma to twelve months ... More...
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Yei A. Sun v. ADvanced China Healthcare, Inc.

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Yei Sun, Liping Sun, and Haiming Sun were persuaded
by Alicia Kao to invest $2.8 million in Advanced China
Healthcare. The Suns entered into two Share Purchase
Agreements, each of which contained a forum-selection
clause that required any disputes “arising out of or related to”
the agreements to be adjudicated in California state court.
Notwithstanding the forum-selection c... More...
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Eva Moore v. John Urquhart

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

This is a class action challenging the constitutionality of
a Washington statute that allows tenants to be evicted from
their homes without a court hearing. Plaintiffs seek
declaratory and injunctive relief against the Sheriff of King
County, whose office enforces the challenged statute by
executing the eviction orders. The district court dismissed
the action with prejudice... More...
   $0 (08-19-2018 - WA)

State of Washington v. United States of America, et al.`

Seattled, WA - The State of Washington and other states sued the United States of America, Michael R. Pompeo, in his official capacity as Secretary of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Mike Miller, in his official capacity as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Trade Controls, Sarah Heidema, in her official capacity as Director of Policy, Office of Defense Trade Controls Polic... More...   $0 (08-01-2018 - WA)

Angel Mendez and Jennifer Lynn Garcia v. County of Los Angeles, et al.

Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

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On remand from the United States Supreme Court we are tasked with deciding whether the unlawful entry into a residence by two sheriff’s deputies, without a warrant, consent, or exigent circumstances, was the proximate cause of the subsequent shooting and injuries to the plaintiffs. We hold that it was, permitting a federal claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. We also hold that the plaintiffs have an inde... More...   $4000000 (07-29-2018 - WA)

Danny P.; Angela P.; Nicole B. v. Catholic Health Initiatives

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Danny P., Angela P. and Nicole B. (hereafter collectively
“P”) appeal the district court’s grant of summary judgment to
Catholic Health Initiatives (“CHI”) and Catholic Health
Initiatives Medical Plan–Blue Cross Blue Shield (collectively
“the Plan”). The Plan denied P’s claim for the cost of Nicole
B.’s inpatient stay in Island View Residential Treatment
Center (“Island Vie... More...
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Michelle Echlin v. PearceHealth, d/b/a PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

We must decide whether, under the Fair Debt Collection
Practices Act, a company that sent letters demanding that
hospital patients pay their overdue medical bills meaningfully
participated in the hospital’s efforts to collect debts.
Michelle Echlin is a former patient of PeaceHealth
Southwest Medical Center (PeaceHealth) in Vancouver,
Washin... More...
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Cheryl Kater v. Churchill Downs Incorporated

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

In this appeal, we consider whether the virtual game platform “Big Fish Casino” constitutes illegal gambling under Washington law. Defendant-Appellee Churchill Downs, the game’s owner and operator, has made millions of dollars off of Big Fish Casino. However, despite collecting millions in revenue, Churchill Downs, like Captain Renault in Casablanca, purports to be shocked—shocked!—to find that Bi... More...   $0 (03-29-2018 - WA)

Rmg Worldwide, L.L.C., et Ano, vs. Pierce County

Washington Court of Appeals, Division 1 - Tacoma, Washington

RMG Worldwide LLC (RMG) appeals two land use decisions of the
Pierce County hearing examiner. In the first decision, the examiner found that RMG
could not subdivide its existing golf course for residential development under the
General Use zoning that was in effect in 1990, and that RMG must instead submit
applications consistent with the current development regulations. In the sec... More...
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Juan D. Vega, Jr. v. United States of America, et al.

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Juan Vega, Jr. was transferred from federal prison to a Seattle non-profit residential reentry center to complete the remainder of his prison sentence. There, he alleged that federal and private employees conspired to remove him from the halfway house known as Pioneer House, ostensibly based on his race and for asserting his First Amendment rights, by filing a false incident report. After his retu... More...   $0 (02-09-2018 - WA)

Kristy Douglas v. Xerox Business Services, L.L.C.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

In this appeal, we address an issue of first impression in
our circuit regarding the minimum-wage provision of the
Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Specifically, we
consider whether the relevant unit for determining
minimum-wage compliance is the workweek as a whole or
each individual hour within the workweek. Although the
statutory text and context do not conclusively an... More...
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David Martin v. Gonzaga University

David Martin sues his former employer, Gonzaga University, for
discharge in employment in violation of public policy and for a violation of a statute
allowing an employee access to his personnel file. We affirm a summary judgment
dismissal of the wrongful discharge claim. Martin fails to present evidence to support the
fourth element of the claim, that element being the absence of ... More...
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Gavin Lee Buck v. Nancy A. Berryhill

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals - San Francisco, California

Gavin Buck (“Buck”) appeals the district court’s
judgment affirming the denial of Social Security Disability
Insurance (“SSDI”) and Supplemental Security Income
(“SSI”) benefits. Buck is diagnosed with several mental
illnesses, including bipolar disorder, antisocial personality
disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
(“ADHD”). We have jurisdiction under 28 U.... More...
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Dean Wilcox v. Steve Bashore, et al.

Dean Wilcox fell 50 feet through an open catwalk hatch onto a
concrete floor. Having sustained severe injuries, he sued the on-site safety planner,
Steven Basehore, for negligent planning causing the fall; Wilcox also named the
safety planner's employer, Bartlett Services, Inc. (Bartlett), and an intermediary
company, ELR Consulting, Inc. (ELR), in respondeat superior. Before trial... More...
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Appeals Court Deals New Blow To Donald Trump’s Travel Ban Targeting Muslims

On January 27, 2017, the President issued Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” (the “Executive Order”). 82 Fed. Reg. 8,977. Citing the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and stating that “numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorismrelated crimes” since then, the Executive Order declares that ... More...   $0 (02-09-2017 - WA)

United States of America v. Jeanne Tinker-Smith

Seattle, WA - Jury Convicts Woman For Providing Guns To Son Killed In Shootout With Police

The United States of America charged Jeanne Tinker-Smith, age 64, with violation of 18 U.S.C. 922, aiding and abetting a felon in possession of a firearm, by providing guns to her son, a convicted felon, who was killed in a shootout with police. Defendant, a career civil servant with the City of Bel... More...
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United States of America v. Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley

The United States filed its First Amended Complaint in this action on June
16, 2015, seeking a permanent injunction against Defendants that would require
them to adhere to federal tax laws by timely filing employment tax returns, timely
paying the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) federal employment taxes, and not
assigning or transferring any property until Defendants pay the tax... More...
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Citizens All. for Prop. Rights Legal Fund v. San Juan County

At all times relevant to this appeal, the County operated under a home rule
charter that vested legislative functions in the Council, consisting of six voting
members. SAN JUAN COUNTY HOME RULE CHARTER art. 2, §§ 2.1 0, 2.11, 2.30(1 ).
The charter specified that the Council cannot act without the affirmative vote of four
of its members. /d. § 2.40(3). Further, the charter place... More...
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Citizens All. for Prop. Rights Legal Fund v. San Juan County

At all times relevant to this appeal, the County operated under a home rule
charter that vested legislative functions in the Council, consisting of six voting
members. SAN JUAN COUNTY HOME RULE CHARTER art. 2, §§ 2.1 0, 2.11, 2.30(1 ).
The charter specified that the Council cannot act without the affirmative vote of four
of its members. /d. § 2.40(3). Further, the charter place... More...
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State Of Washington v. Beaver

In 2005, Rickey Arelious Beaver was found not guilty by reason of insanity
on a charge of residential burglary. The court found that Beaver suffered from a
mental disease or defect and held that he posed a substantial danger to other persons
and presented a substantial likelihood of committing criminal acts jeopardizing
public safety or security unless kept under further contro... More...
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Rose v. Anderson Hay & Grain Co.

This case involves the jeopardy element of the tort for
wrongful discharge against public policy and whether the administrative remedies
available under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (STAA), 1 49
U.S.C. § 31105, preclude Charles Rose from recovery under a common law tort
claim. This is one of three concomitant cases2 before us concerning the "adequacy
o... More...
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Becker v. Comm'y Health Sys., Inc..

Becker began working for Rockwood Clinic PS, an acquired subsidiary of
CHS, 1 as its chief financial officer (CFO) in February 2011. As a publicly traded
company, CJ-IS is required to file reports with the United States Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC). These reports are available publicly for the purpose
of accurately advising the SEC, and CHS' creditors and investors,... More...
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Wendy Alguard v. United States Agricultural Marketing Service

Spokane, WA - Federal Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit Dismissed

United States District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice dismissed a disability discrimination and whistleblower retaliation lawsuit brought by a former federal employee of the Department of Agriculture.

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, Wendy Alguard, of Yakima, Washington, sued the Departm... More...
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Gorre v. City of Tacoma

A firefighter employed by the City since 1997, Gorre fell ill shortly after
returning to Washington from a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. His diagnosis was
initially a mystery. Doctors went through several tentative diagnoses before a skin
biopsy tested positive for valley fever. Valley fever is a fungal infection endemic to
the desert southwest, including Nevada and especially Cal... More...
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Auto. United Trades Org. v. State Of Washington

Washington State taxes fuel. LAWS OF 1921, ch. 173, § 2. Not long
after the state began taxing fuel, the people approved the eighteenth amendment
to our constitution. This provision limits the use of motor fuel taxes to
"highway purposes," including "[r]efunds authorized by law for taxes paid on
motor vehicle fuels." WASH. CONST. art. II, § 40( d).
Several Indian tribes in... More...
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Filo Foods, LLC v. City of SeaTac

The SeaTac Committee for Good Jobs (Committee) is a coalition of
individuals, businesses, neighborhood associations, immigrant groups, civil rights
groups, faith organizations, and labor organizations. In June 2013, the Committee
circulated a petition to city of SeaTac voters that proposed a set of minimum
employment standards for certain hospitality and transportation employer... More...
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Carey M. Brennan v. Opus Bank

Brennan appeals from the district court’s order dismissing
his action in favor of arbitration. Opus Bank cross appeals
from the district court’s implicit denial of its motion to seal
Brennan’s complaint, and the district court’s denial of its
motion for reconsideration as moot. We have jurisdiction of
both appeals pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We affirm the
district court’s... More...
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Susan H. Chadd v. United States of America

Seattle, WA - Ninth Circuit reverses grant of Tort Claim summary judgment on wrongful death claim

We must decide whether the United States may be sued
under the Federal Tort Claims Act for the actions of the
National Park Service relating to a mountain goat that
attacked and killed a Park visitor.
Established in 1938, Olympic National Park (“Olympic”
or the... More...
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The Commission regulates the practice of pharmacy in the state of Washington. Wash. Rev. Code § 18.64.001. A comprehensive regulatory scheme tasks the Commission to, among other duties, “[r]egulate the practice of pharmacy and enforce all laws placed under its jurisdiction”; “[e]stablish the qualifications for licensure of pharmacists or pharmacy interns”; conduct and manage disciplinary proceed... More...   $0 (07-25-2015 - WA)

Woods View II, LLC v. Kitsap County

Appellants Woods View II, LLC (WVII) and Darlene Piper appeal
from the superior court' s grant of summary judgment in Kitsap County' s ( the County) favor on
WVII' s claims of negligence, tortious interference, and takings. These claims arise from the
alleged delay of several permits and governmental decisions required•for a project ofWVII. WVII
and Piper argue that ( 1) their cl... More...
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Linda Darkenwald v. State of Washington Employment Security Department

Linda Darkenwald appeals from the Washington Employment
Security Department's (Department) denial of her claim for unemployment benefits.
We must decide whether a desire to work only part time constitutes a good cause
reason for leaving work, thus permitting an individual who leaves work for that reason
to collect unemployment benefits. Darkenwald claims that her employer's request... More...
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In re Welfare of A.W.

In 2010, the legislature enacted a new guardianship statute,
chapter 13.36 RCW (new statute), to create permanency for children in foster care
through the dismissal of dependency and the appointment of a guardian. RCW
13.36.010. This case involves whether the preponderance of the evidence standard
of proof satisfies due process and whether the record supports the trial court's
... More...
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Leon Peoples v. Puget Sound's Best Chicken!, Inc. d/b/a Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits

Leon Peoples sued Puget Sound' s Best Chicken! Inc., doing business
as Popeye' s Chicken & Biscuits, along with Bennie Martin and Martin' s marital community
collectively, Popeye' s), 1 for events occurring during his employment at a Popeye' s restaurant on
Joint Base Lewis - McChord ( JBLM). The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of
Popeye' s based on the federal enclav... More...
   $0 (02-03-2015 - WA)

Kitsap County v. Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club

The Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club appeals from the trial court' s decision
following a bench trial that the Club engaged in unlawful uses of its shooting range property.
Specifically, the Club challenges the trial court' s determinations that the Club had engaged in an
impermissible expansion of its nonconforming use; that the Club' s site development activities
violated land use ... More...
   $0 (02-10-2015 - WA)

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