Washington Independent Contractor Law
 

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...
   $0 (06-09-2021 - WA)

United States of America v. Dennis Michael Hogan





Spokane, WA - The United States of America charged Dennis Michael Hogan, age 60, with for Online Enticement of a Minor Girl to Engage in Production of Child Pornography and Attempted Illicit Sexual Conduct in Foreign Places.

According to information disclose... More...
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United States of America v. Volodymyr Kvashuk

Seattle, WA - The United States of America charged Volodymyr Kvashuk with mail fraud, access device fraud, access to a protected computer in furtherance of fraud.

A former Microsoft software engineer was convicted of 18 federal felonies related to his scheme to defraud Microsoft of more than $10 million. VOLODYMYR KVASHUK, 25, a Ukrainian citizen residing in Renton, Washington, worked fi... More...
   $0 (02-27-2020 - WA)

United States of America v. Volodymyr Kvashuk




Seattle, WA - Former Microsoft Software Engineer Charged with Mail Fraud for Scheme to Steal Digital Value Such as Gift Cards

While Testing Online Sales Platform, Illegally used Testing Account to Embezzle more than $10 Million in Digital Currency
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   $0 (07-18-2019 - WA)

Patricia Anderson v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company





Patricia Anderson and Thomas Anderson’s single-car accident in 1998 began a saga of litigation culminating in this appeal. Little of the tragic history involving nine different trial and appellate proceedings is relevant to this opinion, in which we determin... 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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STillaguamish Tribe of Indians v. State of Washington





In an effort to engineer federal jurisdiction, the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians (“the Tribe”) sued the State of Washington in federal court, seeking a declaration that the Tribe’s sovereign immunity barred any lawsuit arising from a particular contract wit... More...
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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...
   $0 (11-09-2018 - WA)

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...
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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)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. KING MOUNTAIN TOBACCO COMPANY, INC.

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)

United States of America v. Richard A. Olsen

Eastern District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Spokane, Washington

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Spokane, WA - Chief Financial Officer of Mission Support Alliance Agrees to Pay $124,440 for Allegedly Accepting Kickbacks from Lockheed Martin

Richard A. Olsen, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Department of Energy (DOE) prime contractor Mission Support Alliance LLC (MSA), has agreed to pay $124,440 to resolve allegations that he violated the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback A... More...
   $124440 (08-09-2018 - WA)

United States of America v. Richard A. Olsen

Eastern District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Spokane, Washington

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Spokane, WA - Lockheed Martin Corporation/Mission Support Alliance Employee Enters Settlement of Alleged False Claims Act Violations in Connection With Contracts at Hanford Site

Richard A. Olsen agreed to pay $124,440 to resolve claims that he violated the False Claims Act by submitting inflated prices in connection with a subcontract between Mission Support Alliance, LLC (MSA), a prime c... More...
   $0 (08-08-2018 - 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)

Friends of Moon Creek, et al v. Diamond Lake Improvement Ass'n, et al.

Washington Court of Appeals, Division III - Spoken, Washington

After ruling on summary judgment that Sharon Sorby did not
enjoy qualified immunity from the plaintiffs’ claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the trial
court certified its order under RAP 2.3(b)(4) as one “involv[ing] a controlling question of
law as to which there is substantial ground for a difference of opinion.” We granted
discretionary review. We conclude that Ms. Sorby enjoys quali... More...
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State of Washington v. Oscar Raul Lopez

Washington Supreme Court Building

The trial court found that Oscar Lopez's lawyer
was "fairly obvious[ly]" "severely handicapped" by depression during the pretrial
and trial phases of Lopez's case.' That finding was supported by the trial court's
own observations of defense counsel's performance—and sometimes failure to show
up—at trial. That finding was also supported by declarations and testimony
presented at... More...
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United States of America v. Raphael A. Sanchez

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - Former ICE Chief Counsel Pleads Guilty to Using the Identities of Numerous Aliens for Wire Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft Scheme

Former Chief Counsel Raphael A. Sanchez of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Principal Legal Advisor pleaded guilty today for a wire fraud and aggravated identity theft scheme involving the identities of numerous alien... 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)

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)

Julie Atwood v. Mission Support Alliance

Richland, WA - Jury Awards Former Hanford Nuclear Reservation Manager $8.1 Million

Julie Atwood sued Mission Support Alliance and Steve Young on employment discrimination and retaliation theories claimied that she was forced to resign from her job from her U.S. Department of Energy contractor job in 2013.

The defenses asserted by the Defendant are not available.... More...
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America ex rel. Salina Savage, Savage Logistics LLC, vs. Washington Closure Hanford LLC, Federal Engineers and Constructors, Inc., Sage Tec LLC, and Laura Shikashio

Federal Courthouse - Spokane, Washington

Spokane, WA - Hanford DOE Subcontractor Agrees to Pay $2.0 Million to Settle Allegations of Small Business Fraud

Federal Engineers & Constructors (FE&C), a subcontractor at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hanford Site, has agreed to pay $2 Million ($2,000,000) to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) in connection with a number small business subcontracts with D... More...
   $2000000 (09-25-2017 - WA)

Roff Arden and bobbi Arden v. Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S., et al.

This case involves claims of breaches of fiduciary duty and
legal malpractice against lawyers hired to defend insureds in a civil action where
the insurance company provided the defense.^ The insureds claim the lawyers
violated their professional responsibilities by failing to disclose a potential conflict
^ The Court of Appeals and the parties in their briefing characterized the i... 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, Edward’s e... More...
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Mikeo Levi v. Atossa Genetics, Inc.

We consider how and the extent to which our securities laws protect the investing public. Miko Levi, Bandar Almosa, Gregory Harrison, and Nicholas Cook (“Plaintiffs”) appeal the district court’s dismissal of their amended securities fraud class action complaint. Plaintiffs allege that Atossa Genetics, Inc. (“Atossa”) and its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Steven Quay, made a series of publi... More...   $0 (08-21-2017 - WA)

Michael Segaline v. State of Washington

The doctrine of qualified immunity shields a government official
from civil liability and money damages unless the plaintiff shows violation of a
constitutional right that is clearly established at the time of the challenged conduct. The
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and Regional Safety and Health
Coordinator William Alan Croft appeal the jury verdict in favor... More...
   $0 (07-17-2017 - WA)

State of Washington v. Kareem Harris

Washington Supreme Court - Olympia, Washington <.h2>

To impose criminal liability, the conduct of the defendant must
be both the cause in fact and the legal cause of the result. Kareem Harris seeks
reversal of the jury conviction of premediated murder in the first degree of Wilbur Lee
Gant. Harris contends insufficient evidence supports the jury finding that the injuries
Gant suffered when Harris shot him at least five times at close... More...
   $0 (05-30-2017 - WA)

United States of America v. Brent S. Meisner

Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Tacoma, WA - Former Defense Contractor Sentenced to Prison for Tax Fraud
Failed to Include Money He Embezzled from His Employer to Remodel His Personal Residence

The former defense contractor for an Alaska company operating in the State of Washington was sentenced on Friday, May 12, 2017, in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 18 months in prison and one year of supervised rele... More...
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DAVID ZUCCARO V. LOD AGGE AND AGGE CONSTRUCTION

Plff, male age 56, roofer. Plff was a subcontractor on a roofing replacement job. The Def. was the general contractor and did not allow ladders on the worksite. Plff was directed to replace a fascia board on a porch roof. Because no ladders were allowed, Plff was forced to climb a scaffold, cross the roof, and crawl out on the porch roof to perform the repair work. When he did this, the porch roof... More...   $500000 (07-28-2014 - WA)

William Oberg v. Kristin Knight and AAA Solid Concrete Construction, Inc.

Plff, male age 49, general contractor. Plff’s ex-wife, Def. Knight, asked him to hang Christmas lights at her house and she had left a ladder that they had purchased while they were married leaning against the gutter. The ladder was standing on a stamped concrete walkway which resembled London cobblestone. Plff contended he was approximately seven (7) feet up the ladder when it slipped out from u... More...   $0 (05-03-2012 - WA)

Cynthia L. Aiken v. David W. Aiken

Trial courts must make difficult decisions when competing
interests clash. In this case, a mother sought an emergency protection order to
keep her soon-to-be ex-husband away from her and their children because, she
alleged, he had abused them. The father denied the allegations and sought to
cross-examine one of the daughters about her claim that he had repeatedly tried to
suffo... More...
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Josette Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Manufacturers have a duty to provide warnings to
consumers about the risks of their products pursuant to the Washington product
liability act (WPLA), chapter 7.72 RCW. In this case, a manufacturer sold a
surgical device to a hospital, which credentialed some of its physicians to
perform surgery with the device. The manufacturer's warnings regarding that
device are at the heart ... 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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Allan A. Tabingo v. American Triumph, LLC and American Seafoods Company, LLC

Allan Tabingo was seriously injured while working aboard a
fishing trawler owned and operated by American Seafoods Company LLC and
American Triumph LLC (collectively American Seafoods). Tabingo alleges the lever
used to operate a hatch in the trawler's deck broke when an operator tried to stop the
hatch from closing. The hatch closed on Tabingo' s hand, leading to the amputation of... More...
   $0 (03-09-2017 - WA)

Alan A. Tabingo v. American Triumph, LLC and American Seafoods Company

Allan Tabingo was seriously injured while working aboard a
fishing trawler owned and operated by American Seafoods Company LLC and
American Triumph LLC (collectively American Seafoods). Tabingo alleges the lever
used to operate a hatch in the trawler's deck broke when an operator tried to stop the
hatch from closing. The hatch closed on Tabingo' s hand, leading to the amputation of... More...
   $0 (03-09-2017 - WA)

STATE OF WASHINGTON V. DONALD J. TRUMP

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 ex rel. Brunson, Busche, and Tamosaitis v. Bechtel National, In., Bechtel Corp., URS Corp., and URS Entergy & Construction, Inc.

Richland, WA - BNI and URS to Pay $125 Million Resolving Alleged False Claims Regarding Deficient Nuclear Quality Procurements at the Waste Treatment Plant and Improper Payments to Lobby Congress

The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Eastern District of Washington and the Department of Justice Civil Frauds Section (DOJ) announced a settlement agreement with federal contractor... More...
   $125000000 (11-28-2016 - WA)

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...
   $0 (10-08-2015 - WA)

In re Adoption of M.S.M.-P.

M.S.M.-P. was born in April2000. His biological parents, S.K. and N.P., met
in 1999, and their relationship was marked from the beginning by physical abuse
1 Seattle Times Co. v. Ishikawa, 97 Wn.2d 30, 37-39, 640 P.2d 716 (1982).
In reAdoption of MS.M-P., No. 90467-7
against S.K. S.K. and N.P.'s relationship ended within two weeks ofM.S.M.-P.'s
birth. During the first thre... More...
   $0 (10-08-2015 - WA)

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...
   $0 (10-02-2015 - WA)

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