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Washington v. Goss (Majority)  
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 92274-8

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Michael Goss argued that the charging document the State used to accuse him of second degree child molestation failed to pass constitutional muster because it violated his right to know the "nature and cause o...

Nelson v. Erickson (Majority)  
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 92489-9

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner-plaintiff Jess Nelson sued defendant-respondent Erickson for personal injuries after a car accident. They went to mandatory arbitration, and the arbitrator awarded the plaintiff a total of $44,923. Of that tot...

Lenander v. Dep't of Retirement Sys. (Majority)  
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 92671-9

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) created a new option for eligible retirees in which the retiree could opt for a pension that would allow a surviving spouse to continue to receive monthly pension benef...

Cent. Puget Sound Reg'l Transit Auth. v. Airport Inv. Co. (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 91653-5

Justia Opinion Summary: Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) condemned property owned by Airport Investment Company (AIC) in order to secure easements to construct and operate an elevated light rail. The parties could...

Cooper v. Alsco, Inc. (Majority)  
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 91801-5

Justia Opinion Summary: Alsco, Inc. was a textile rental and sales company that supplied uniforms, linens, and other products to other businesses in industrial, hospitality, health care, and other fields. Alsco did not provide products or servi...

Blackburn v. Washington (Majority)  
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: 91494-0

Justia Opinion Summary: Nine employees of Western State Hospital (WSH) claimed that the hospital illegally took race into account when making staffing decisions in response to patients' race-based threats or demands. After a six-day bench trial...

Washington v. Samalia (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: 91532-6

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Adrian Sutlej Samalia fled on foot from a stolen car during a lawful traffic stop, leaving his cell phone behind in the vehicle. After Samalia successfully escaped, the police searched the cell phone without a...

In re Welfare of B.P. (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: July 28, 2016
Docket Number: 91925-9

Justia Opinion Summary: H.O. appealed the termination of her parental rights to her child, B.P. H.O., suffered from drug addiction, depression and other mental health issues, and the effects of long term childhood trauma. B.P., suffered too: sh...

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...

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