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Bob Dawson, et al. v. Porch.com, Inc., et al.

Seattle, WA: Consumer law lawyers represented Plaintiffs who sued Defendants on Telephone Consumer Protection Act (47 U.S.C. 227) violations.

See: 47 U.S.C §227. Restrictions on use of telephone equipment
(a) Definitions

As used in this section—

(1) The term “automatic telephone dialing system” means equipment which has the capacity—

(A) to store or... More...
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United States of America v. Ellen Brennan Reiche

Seattle, WA: Violence against a railroad carrier criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant Ellen Brennan Reiche, age 28, who was arrested on the BNSF Railway tracks near Bellingham, near midnight on November 28, 2020. She was charged with placing a ‘shunt’ – a device that interferes with train signals – on the tracks.

On the night of November 28, 2020, Reiche and co-def... More...
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United States of America v. Mukund Mohan

Seattle, WA: Criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with wire fraud and money laundering.

Mukund Mohan, 48, of Clyde Hill, pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering on March 15. According to court documents, Mohan sought more than $5.5 million through eight fraudulent disaster loan applications. In support of the fraudulent loan applications, Mohan submit... More...
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United States of America v. Austin Hsu

Seattle, Washington fraud charge lawyer represented Austin Hsu, age 46, who was charged with one count of wire fraud. He was charged with perpetrating a scheme to fraudulently obtain COVID-19 relief guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security... More...   $0 (01-22-2021 - WA)

United States of America v. Juan Rivera

Spokane, Washington conspiracy to produce child pornography charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Juan Rivera, age 47, of Moses Lake, Washington, who was charged with Conspiracy to Produce Child Pornography.

Rivera is a citizen of Mexico who was previously removed from the United States in 2003 and 2009.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings... More...
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United States of America v. Baoke Zhang

Seattle, Washington wire fraud criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged scheme to defraud several COVID-19 relief programs.

Baoke Zhang, 35, of Issaquah, Washington, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud as part of his guilty plea, Zhang admitted that he carried out a scheme to defraud several different government and private COVID-19 relief programs intended to assist th... More...
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United States of America v. Mukund Mohan

Seattle, WA - The United States of America charged Mukund Mohan, age 48, with fraudulently seeking over $5.5 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and laundering the proceeds.

Mohan, of Clyde Hill, Washington, ... More...
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United States of America v. John Heras

Seattle, WA - Canadian seafood wholesaler, and owner, plead guilty to illegally importing fish into U.S

Fish had been refused entry due to spoilage, then was relabeled and imported into Western Washington

Seven Seas Fish Company, Ltd of Richmond... More...
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United States of Amercia v. Jose Manuel R. Andrade

Spokane, WA - Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Federal Prison for Distributing Heroin

Jose Manuel R. Andrade, age 43, of Parker, Washington, was sentenced today after having pleaded guilty on June 13, 2019, to distributing heroin. Chief United States District Judge Thomas O. Ric... More...
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Beau Bales and Trong Dang v. AECOM N&E Technical Servics, LLC, URS Federal Services and Washington River Protection Solutions LLC

Richland, WA - Beau Bales and Trong Dang sued AECOM N&E Technical Servics, LLC, URS Federal Services and Washington River Protection Solutions LLC on civil rights family medical leave act violation theories.
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Michael D. Castro v. Tri Marine Fish Company, LLC

Central to the United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, June 10, 1958, 21 U.S.T. 2517 (New York Convention), and related federal law is the principle insulating foreign arbitral awards from second-guessing by cour... More...
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United States of America v. Nathan Hall

Seattle, WA - Canadian Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Ecstasy Smuggling Conspiracy
Defendant Carried Firearm in one Smuggling AttemptDenies He Fired Gun in a Second Thwarted Smuggling Operation

A Canadian who smuggled e... More...
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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) v. Global Horizons, Inc., d/b/a Global Horizons Manpower, Inc.; Green Acre Farms, Inc., Valley Fruit Orchards, LLC

Green Acre Farms and Valley Fruit Orchards (the Growers) are fruit growers in the State of Washington. In 2003, the Growers experienced labor shortages and entered into agreements with Global Horizons, Inc., a labor contractor, to obtain temporary workers for their orchards. Wit... More...
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Disability Rights Washington v. Yakima County and Ed Campbell

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Yakima, WA - Disability Rights Washington, a nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy Systems, sued Yakima... More...
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Jerry Hoang v. Bank of America, N.A.

If a creditor fails to make required disclosures under the
Truth in Lending Act (TILA), borrowers are allowed three
years from the loans consummation date to rescind certain
loans.1 15 U.S.C. 1635(f). Borrowers may effect that
rescission s... More...
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Debra Lea Wilson v. James Rigby; First Citizens Bank

The filing date of a bankruptcy petition determines the
law governing exemptions and freezes the value of the
exemptions that the debtor may claim. Because Debra
Wilsons amended bankruptcy schedules sought to claim
more than Washington law permitted her to claim as of the
petition date, we affirm the district courts decision, limiting
her claimed exe... More...
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United States of America v. Craig Lorch and Jeff Zirkle

Seattle, WA - Owners of Northwests Largest Electronics Recycling Firm Plead Guilty to Wire Fraud Conspiracy
Secretly Exposed Foreign Workers to Mercury Waste to Increase Corporate Profits

The owners and Chief Executive Officers of Total Reclaim... More...
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State of Washington v. Rudolph F. Zehner

Vancouver, WA - The State of Washington charged Rudolph F. Zehner, age 60, with second-degree assault from a stabbling on August 19.

Defendant claimed that he was defending himself during an assault... More...
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American Freedom Defense Initiative v. King County

King County provides public transportation in the greater
Seattle metropolitan area. The County finances its transit
operations in part by selling advertising space on the exterior
of buses. Although many municipalities restrict advertising
t... 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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Mickey Fowler v. Tracy Guerin

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Washington public school teachers Mickey Fowler and Leisa Maurer bring this class action to order the Director of the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) to return interest that was allegedly skimmed from their state-managed retirement accounts. The district court denied the stipulated motion to certify a class and then dismissed the action as prudentially unripe. We conclude... More...   $0 (08-19-2018 - WA)


In 2006 the late Delbert Wheeler, Sr., a lifelong-enrolled member of the Yakama Nation in Washington State, purchased 80 acres of trust property . . . from the Yakama Nation Land Enterprise, the agency of the Yakama Nation which is charged with overseeing the maintenance of real property held in trust by the United States for the benefit of the Yakama Nation and its members. Wheeler then opened... More...   $0 (08-17-2018 - 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 sheriffs 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)

Justin Harter v. United States Postal Service

Eastern District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Spokane, Washington

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Spokane, WA - Federal Court Dismisses Spokane Postal Service Employees Discrimination Case

United States District Judge Salvador Mendoza, Jr. dismissed a discrimination case filed against the U.S. Postal Service by Justin Harter, a former temporary employee.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, Harter, a resident of Missoula, Montana who has American Indi... More...
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United States of America v. Jin Chul "Jacob" Cha

Eastern District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Spokane, Washington

Spokane, WA - California Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Renewable Fuel Fraud

Jin Chul Jacob Cha, 41, of Tustin, California, who pleaded guilty on January 11, 2018 to conspiracy to defraud the government and conspiracy to commit wire fraud was sentenced on April 20, 2018.

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, Cha was a member of a conspirac... 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 hospitals 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 games 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 shockedshocked!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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William Rumburg, et ux. v. Ferry County PUD #1, et al.

Ferry County Courthouse - Republic, Washington

At issue is whether William and Carol Rumburg timely filed suit
under tolling and grace periods provided by RCW 4.96.020, the local government tort
claim filing statute. After serving a second notice of claim on local government
defendants and allowing 60 days for the defendants to respond, the Rumburgs relied on
the statutory 5-day grace period in filing suit. The respondents cont... More...
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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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State of Washington v. Evergreen Freedom Foundation, d/b/a Freedom Foundation

Thurston County Courthouse - Olympia, Washington

The State of Washington appeals the CR 12(b)(6) dismissal of its regulatory enforcement action against the Evergreen Freedom Foundation (the Foundation). The State filed suit after learning from a citizen complaint that the Foundation had provided pro bono legal services in support of local initiatives in Sequim, Chelan, and Shelton without reporting the value of those services to the Public Discl... More...   $0 (11-07-2017 - WA)

Makah Indian Tribe v. Quileute Indian Tribe

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

Who would imagine that more than 150 years after the Treaty of Olympia (the Treaty) was signed between the United States and the Quileute and Quinault tribes, we would be asked to determine whether the right of taking fish includes whales and seals? Although scientists tell us sea mammals are not fish,1 these appeals ask us to go back to the 1855 treaty negotiation and signing and place oursel... More...   $0 (10-23-2017 - WA)

Kim Mikkelsen v. Public Utility District No. 1 of Kittitas County

Washington Supreme Court Building

The Public Utility District No. 1 of Kittitas County
(district) fired Kim Mikkelsen after 27 years of service. Mikkelsen sued the district,
alleging that, among other things, her dismissal violated the Washington Law Against
Discrimination (WLAD), RCW 49.60.180. Specifically, Mikkelsen claims that
Charles Ward, the general manager, exhibited a bias against women and older
emplo... More...
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United States of America v. Ben Leske

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma, WA - Final Defendant Sentenced in Pierce Commercial Mortgage Fraud Investigation - Fifteen Defendants ranging from VP to Loan Officers Sentenced for Fraud that Resulted in Bank Collapse

The final defendant in a long running investigation of mortgage fraud at Pierce Commercial Bank was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. Betw... More...
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United States of America v. David L. Boone

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Brinnon Resident Sentenced to Prison for Trafficking Protected Narwhal Tusks

Defendant Trafficked Marine Mammal Parts Worth as much as $400,000

A 64-year-old resident of Brinnon, Jefferson County, Washington was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to six months in prison, one year of supervised release and a $25,000 fine for trafficking ivory from protected s... 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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United States of America v. Debbie A. Appleby, Apple One, LLC, Apple Two, LLC, and Apple Three, LLC

Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Justice Department Settles Lawsuit with Edmonds, Washington, Landlords for Discriminating Against Families with Children - Landlords will pay $95,000 in damages and civil penalties

The U.S. Department of Justice announced today it reached a settlement with the owners and manager of three Edmonds, Washington, apartment buildings to resolve a lawsuit filed earlier this year al... 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 courts
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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Quinault Indian Nation v. Mary Linda Pearson

Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Once again, the issue of tribal sovereign immunity and
cigarette taxes is back in the federal courts. In this iteration,
the Quinault Indian Nation (the Nation) sued Edward A.
Comenout, Jr.; Robert R. Comenout, Sr.; and other
defendants for engaging in a scheme to defraud the Nation
of taxes. When the Nation later asked the district court to
dismiss its action, Edwards e... More...
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United States of America v. Highline Medical Center

Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Highline Medical Center Agrees to Settle Civil Rights Claims

Failed to Provide ASL Interpreter for Patient Recovering from Spine Surgery

Highline Medical Center, in Burien, Washington, a division of CHI Franciscan Health, reached a settlement today to resolve alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.... More...
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