Washington Internal Revenue 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. 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. Brittany Jo Harris

Spokane, WA - The United States of America with Brittany Jo Harris insurance mail fraud.

Brittany Jo Harris, age 34, of Newport, Washington, and Michele Lee Smith, age 49, of Spokane Valley, Washington were sentenced for their respective participation in an insurance fraud scheme involving staged automobile, boating and stair fall accidents. Chief United States District Judge Thomas O. R... More...
   $0 (01-08-2020 - WA)

United States of America v. Mike Hsieh and Christine Chen

Seattle, WA - The United States of America charged Mike Hsieh and Christine Chen with filing false tax returns.

Two Kent, Washington, dentists who avoided more than $460,000 in income taxes were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to seven days in prison and 400 hours of community service for filing false tax returns, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. MIKE HSIEH, 48... More...
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United States of America v. Sandra Victoria Talento

Spokane, WA - The United States of America charged Sandra Victoria Talento with:

Mail fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341.

William D. Hyslop, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Sandra Victoria Talento, age 58, of Spokane, Washington, and Henderson, Nevada, was sentenced after having pleaded guilty in June 2019, to nineteen counts of ma... More...
   $0 (11-10-2019 - WA)

United States of America v. Michelle Susan Ferrell

Spokane, WA - Former Bookkeeper Sentenced to 36 Months in Federal Prison for Scheme to Embezzle in Excess of $99,000 from Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels

Michelle Susan Ferrell, age 59, of Spokane Valley, was sentenced today after having pleaded guilty on February 26,... More...
   $0 (09-19-2019 - 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
   $0 (07-18-2019 - WA)

United States of America v. Victor Karpiak

Milwauke, WI - Former Washington State Bank CEO Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Multi-Year Tax Fraud of more than $865,000
Defendant took $2.3 million in Fees and Failed to Report the Income on His Taxes

The former Chief Executive Offic... More...
   $0 (05-18-2019 - WA)

David Weil v. Citizens Telecom Services Company, LLC

Hearsay does not include statements offered against a
party, made by that party’s employee on a matter within the
scope of the employee’s employment, so long as the
statement was made while the employee was still employed
by that party. Fed. ... More...
   $0 (04-29-2019 - WA)

United States of America v. Michelle Susan Ferrell

Spokane, WA - Spokane Valley Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Over $88,000 from Greater Spokane County Meals On Wheels

Michelle Susan Ferrell, age 59, of Spokane Valley, Washington, pled guilty to wire fraud. Senior United States District Judge Robert H. Whaley accepted Ferre... More...
   $0 (02-28-2019 - WA)

United States of America v. Lina Pastars

Seattle, WA - Federal Way Tax Preparer Convicted in Scheme to Prepare False Income Tax Returns
Defendant Falsified Deductions on more than a Thousand Tax Returns over Four Years

A 52-year-old Federal Way, Washington resident was convicted l... More...
   $0 (03-04-2019 - WA)

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...
   $0 (02-07-2019 - WA)

United States of America v. Huawei Device Co., Ltd. and Huawei Device Co. USA

Chinese Telecommunications Device Manufacturer and its U.S. Affiliate Indicted for Theft of Trade Secrets, Wire Fraud, and Obstruction Of Justice
Huawei Corporate Entities Conspired to Steal Trade Secret Technology and Offered Bonus to Workers who Stole ... More...
   $0 (01-30-2019 - WA)

United States of America v. Daniel Nix

Seattle, WA - Kirkland, Washington Business Owner Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Two Decade Scheme to Avoid Paying Income Taxes

Set up Fraudulent Corporations, Filed Frivolous Claims and Sent Forged Money Orders to Evade Taxes

The ... More...
   $0 (12-09-2018 - WA)

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 loan’s consummation date to rescind certain
loans.1 15 U.S.C. § 1635(f). Borrowers may effect that
rescission s... More...
   $0 (12-09-2018 - WA)

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
Wilson’s amended bankruptcy schedules sought to claim
more than Washington law permitted her to claim as of the
petition date, we affirm the district court’s decision, limiting
her claimed exe... More...
   $0 (11-29-2018 - 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...
   $0 (11-09-2018 - WA)

United States of America v. Donald A. Knutsen

Owner of Sports Memorabilia Stores Sentenced to Prison for Failing to Pay Employment Taxes
Defendant Failed to Pay Employment and Social Security Taxes on more than 50 Employees for the last Ten Years

The owner of two Pierce County sports mem... More...
   $0 (10-12-2018 - WA)

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...
   $0 (09-10-2018 - WA)

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...
   $0 (08-29-2018 - 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...
   $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)


Snapp worked for BNSF from 1971 through 1999. He rose through the ranks, becoming a Division Trainmaster in 1986. Due to tiredness and low energy, he went to a doctor in 1994. He was diagnosed with sleep apnea and had surgeries in 1996 and 1998 in unsuccessful attempts to correct his condition. In 1999, BNSF received a report from Snapp’s physician. Snapp’s supervisor told Snapp he did not bel... More...   $0 (05-12-2018 - WA)

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 hospital’s efforts to collect debts.
Michelle Echlin is a former patient of PeaceHealth
Southwest Medical Center (PeaceHealth) in Vancouver,
Washin... More...
   $0 (04-20-2018 - WA)

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)

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...
   $0 (11-19-2017 - 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)

Arthur Clemens, Jr. v. Centurylink, Inc. and QWest Corporation

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

Arthur Clemens, Jr., sued his employer Qwest Corporation (“Qwest”) for Title VII violations. A jury awarded damages for back pay and emotional distress, as well as punitive damages. On appeal, Clemens challenges the district court’s refusal to consider adjusting his lump-sum back-pay award to account for the corresponding increase in his tax liability. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291. ... More...   $0 (11-03-2017 - 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...
   $0 (10-19-2017 - WA)

Maria J. Morales v. Sony Fry and Brian Rees

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

The primary issue in this appeal is whether the “clearly
established” prong of the qualified immunity analysis should
be submitted to a jury. Following the lead of nearly all of
our sister circuits, we conclude that it is a question of law
that must ultimately be decided by a judge.
This case arises from Maria Morales’s arrest during the
May 1, 2012 “May Day”... More...
   $0 (10-16-2017 - WA)

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...
   $0 (09-15-2017 - WA)

United States of America v. Paula Odia

Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma, WA - Vancouver, Washington, Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Assisting in Filing False Tax Documents
Defendant Falsified Deductions and Credits so She Could Claim a Share of Larger Tax Refund

A Camas, Washington, tax preparer, who now lives in Vancouver, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to assisting in filing false tax documents. PAULA ODI... More...
   $0 (10-02-2017 - WA)

Upper Skagit Indian Tribe v. Suquamish Indian Tribe

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse - San Francisco, California

In this treaty fishing rights case, the Upper Skagit Indian
Tribe (“the Upper Skagit”) filed a Request for Determination
as to the geographic scope of the Suquamish Indian Tribe’s
(“the Suquamish”) usual and accustomed fishing grounds and
stations (“U&A”) as determined by Judge Boldt in 1975.
Specifically, the Upper Skagit sought a determination that the
Suquamish’s U&A det... More...
   $0 (09-29-2017 - 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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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...
   $0 (09-07-2017 - WA)

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...
   $0 (09-05-2017 - WA)

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...
   $0 (08-30-2017 - WA)

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