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Washington v. LG Elecs., Inc. (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: July 21, 2016
Docket Number: 91391-9

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of Washington sued more than 20 foreign electronics manufacturing companies (including petitioners) for price fixing. The State claimed the foreign companies conspired to fix prices by selling CRTs (cathode ray...

City of Lakewood v. Willis (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: July 21, 2016
Docket Number: 91827-9

Justia Opinion Summary: A city of Lakewood police officer saw petitioner Robert Willis walk into the traffic lanes at Interstate 5's (I-5) northbound exit ramp on Gravelly Lake Drive. Willis carried a sign saying he was disabled and needed help...

Washington v. Mohamed (Majority)  
Date: July 21, 2016
Docket Number: 92261-6

Justia Opinion Summary: Two police officers were dispatched to defendant Sayiden Mohamed's residence to follow up on several 911 hang-up calls that had originated from the house. Upon speaking with him, the officers observed that defendant was...

Washington v. LG Elecs., Inc. (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: July 14, 2016
Docket Number: 91263-7

Justia Opinion Summary: Historically, sovereigns were not subject to statutes of limitations without their explicit consent. Washington State consented to some statutes of limitations but not to others. The issue this case presented for the Was...

Washington v. Ashley (Majority)  
Date: July 14, 2016
Docket Number: 91771-0

Justia Opinion Summary: Baron Ashley Jr. appealed his conviction for unlawful imprisonment with domestic violence. At trial, the State introduced evidence of Ashley's prior acts of domestic violence against the victim pursuant to ER 404(b). The...

In re Pers. Restraint of Stuhr (Majority)  
Date: July 14, 2016
Docket Number: 91920-8

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Clark Stuhr was in the custody of Department of Corrections (DOC), serving two consecutive sentences imposed pursuant to the Sentencing Reform Act of 1981 (SRA). As penalties for Stuhr's serious disciplinary i...

Centurion Props. III, LLC v. Chi. Title Ins. Co. (Majority)  
Date: July 14, 2016
Docket Number: 91932-1

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit certified a question of Washington law to the Washington Supreme Court: "Does a title company owe a duty of care to third parties in the recording of legal instrum...

Washington v. Porter (Majority)  
Date: July 14, 2016
Docket Number: 92060-5

Justia Opinion Summary: The State challenged a Court of Appeals decision reversing Clifford Porter's conviction for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Pursuant to a search warrant, police discovered portions of a stolen vehicle on Porter's p...

Kovacs v. Dep't of Labor & Indus. (Majority)  
Date: July 14, 2016
Docket Number: 92122-9

Justia Opinion Summary: John Kovacs injured his back while working for Pro Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. on September 29, 2010. Kovacs filed an application for benefits on September 29, 2011. The Department of Labor and Industries initially...

In re Dependency of D.L.B. (Majority)  
Date: July 14, 2016
Docket Number: 92448-1

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, the Washington legislature enacted amendments to the dependency statutes to expressly address incarcerated parents. Those factors barred a court from assuming that incarceration would make it impossible to paren...

In re Custody of M.W. (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: July 7, 2016
Docket Number: 90072-8

Justia Opinion Summary: The question presented for the Washington Supreme Court's review in this case was whether a third party, a step-grandfather with no legally established relationship to his step-grandson, could petition for visitation rig...

Washington v. Fisher (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: July 7, 2016
Docket Number: 91438-9

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Kisha Fisher and Corey Trosclair were tried as codefendants for the felony murder of Leonard Masten. Prior to trial, Fisher made out-of-court statements that incriminated both herself and Trosclair. After deny...

Piris v. Kitching (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: July 7, 2016
Docket Number: 91567-9

Justia Opinion Summary: The complaint in this case alleged negligence based on a failure to schedule a resentencing hearing for a criminal defendant after the Court of Appeals remanded for resentencing. Consequently, the defendant served more p...

Jordan v. Nationstar Mortg., LLC (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: July 7, 2016
Docket Number: 92081-8

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Laura Jordan defaulted on a mortgage payment, and one day after returning home from work, she could not enter the house: the locks had been changed without warning. Nationstar Mortgage left a notice on the hous...

Washington v. Farnsworth (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: June 23, 2016
Docket Number: 91297-1

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Charles Farnsworth, Jr. and James McFarland were suffering heroin withdrawals and had no money to purchase more. The pair made a plan to "rob" a bank. They were arrested and charged with first degree robbery. Th...

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