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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...

Wilcox v. Basehore (Majority)  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 92362-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner 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; Wil...

Dunnington v. Virginia Mason Med. Ctr. (Majority)  
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 91374-9

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a medical malpractice action for a lost chance of a better outcome. The parties jointly sought direct discretionary review under RAP 2.3(b)(4), challenging two pretrial rulings: (1) whether a court sho...

Washington v. Clark (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 92021-4

Justia Opinion Summary: At his trial for premeditated first degree murder, petitioner Anthony Clark sought to introduce expert testimony regarding his intellectual deficits. Clark asserted this testimony would be relevant to contesting the Stat...

Perez-Crisantos v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 92267-5

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, the legislature passed, and the voters ratified, the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA), RCW 48.30.015. IFCA gave insureds a new cause of action against insurers who unreasonably deny coverage or benefits. IFCA a...

Allen v. Dameron (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 93056-2

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington certified two questions to the Washington Supreme Court about the application of RCW 49.52.050, the wage rebate act (WRA), in circumstances of chapt...

In re Parental Rights to K.J.B. (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 91921-6

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner J.B. argued that his parental rights with respect to his biological child K.J.B. could not be terminated without express written findings of fact on “incarcerated parent factors” from the 2013 amendment of RCW...

Estate of Becker v. Forward Tech. Indus., Inc. (Majority)  
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 92972-6

Justia Opinion Summary: Virgil Becker, a retired doctor, was killed in a plane crash. His estate claimed that a faulty carburetor caused the crash. Forward Technology Industries Inc. (FTI) built a component for that carburetor. The Estate broug...

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