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Washington v. Woodlyn (Majority)  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 91577-6

Justia Opinion Summary: David Woodlyn cashed a series of blank checks written by Dora Kjellerson, an elderly woman suffering from dementia. The State charged Woodlyn with theft in the second degree, an alternative means crime. The jury's "to co...

In re Marriage of Black (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: 92994-7

Justia Opinion Summary: Rachelle and Charles Black were married for nearly 20 years and had three sons. They raised their children in a conservative Christian church and sent them to private, Christian schools. In 2011, Rachelle told Charles th...

Washington v. Weatherwax (Majority)  
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: 93192-5

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated cases, petitioners were each charged with four serious violent offenses-one count of conspiracy to commit assault (an anticipatory crime) and three substantive crimes of assault. A divided appellate panel...

Cougar Den, Inc. v. Dep't of Licensing (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: 92289-6

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue in this case centered on the interpretation of the "right to travel" provision Article III of the Yakama Nation Treaty of 1855, in the context of importing fuel into Washington State. The Washington State Depar...

Columbia Riverkeeper v. Port of Vancouver USA (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: 92335-3

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stemmed from a dispute over the regulatory schemes of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and the energy facilities site locations act (EFSLA), and how those schemes applied to a lease agreement between r...

Tabingo v. Am. Triumph LLC (Majority)  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 92913-1

Justia Opinion Summary: 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 alleged the lever used to...

Washington v. Houston-Sconiers (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: 92605-1

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendants in this case, Zyion Houston-Sconiers and Treson Roberts, were children. On Halloween night in 2012, they were 17 and 16 years old, respectively. They robbed mainly other groups of children, and they netted...

In re Marriage of Zandi (Majority)  
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Number: 92296-9

Justia Opinion Summary: Victor and Deanna Zandi's were divorced in 2009. Their dependent daughter, T.Z., incurred approximately $13,000 in medical bills when she had a kidney stone removed while traveling outside her medical insurer’s, Kaiser...

In re Disciplinary Proceedings Against Conteh (Majority)
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 201,448-8
Washington v. Arlene's Flowers, Inc. (Majority)  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 91615-2

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, respondents Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed began a committed, romantic relationship. In 2012, the Washington legislature passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6239, which recognized equal civil marriage right...

Lundgren v. Upper Skagit Indian Tribe (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 91622-5

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court’s review was whether the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe's (Tribe) assertion of sovereign immunity requires dismissal of an in rem adverse possession action to quiet title to...

Peralta v. Washington (Majority)  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 92675-1

Justia Opinion Summary: One evening, plaintiff Deborah Peralta was drinking beer with a neighbor in a downtown Vancouver tavern. After an argument at the party, Peralta left on foot, became lost, and called her brother Jorge Peralta. She told h...

Estate of Ackerley v. Dep't of Revenue (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 92791-0

Justia Opinion Summary: Barry Ackerley died in 2011. In 2008 and 2010, Ackerley made substantial gifts of money. On these inter vivos gifts, Ackerley paid the required federal gift taxes, which amounted to over $5.5 million. Upon his death, Ack...

Spivey v. City of Bellevue (Majority)  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 91680-2

Justia Opinion Summary: Consolidated cases involved two city of Bellevue (City) firefighters who were diagnosed with malignant melanoma and filed claims for workers' compensation benefits. In both cases, the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeal...

Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical Inc. (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 92210-1

Justia Opinion Summary: 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 were at the heart of this...

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