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Washington v. Evergreen Freedom Found. (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: January 10, 2019
Docket Number: 95281-7

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved statutory interpretation concerning application of the reporting requirements contained in the Washington Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA), chapter 42.17A RCW. The specific issue presented was how th...

Washington v. Dreewes (Majority)  
Date: January 10, 2019
Docket Number: 95551-4

Justia Opinion Summary: Jennifer Dreewes was the victim of property theft when a laptop, an iPhone, checks, credit cards, and other items were stolen from her truck. She reported the theft to law enforcement. After one of her credit cards was u...

Washington v. Chacon (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: December 27, 2018
Docket Number: 95194-2

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner John Chacon sought reversal of an unpublished Court of Appeals opinion affirming his conviction for second degree assault and criminal trespass. At trial, the judge instructed the jury on reasonable doubt, usi...

End Prison Indus. Complex v. King County (Majority)  
Date: December 27, 2018
Docket Number: 95307-4

Justia Opinion Summary: End Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) argued that the ballot title for a King County property tax increase lacked information required by former RCW 84.55.050 (2012). The Washington Supreme Court found that RCW 29A.36.090...

Chan Healthcare Grp. v. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co. (Majority)
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 95416-0
Chan Healthcare Grp. v. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co. (Majority)  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 95416-0

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether full faith and credit required Washington courts to enforce an Illinois class action judgment by dismissing subsequent local cases based on the same facts. An Illinois medical provider b...

Washington v. Allen (Majority)  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 95454-2

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2009, Maurice Clemmons shot and killed four Lakewood, Washington police officers. Respondent Darcus Allen drove Clemmons to and from the crime scene. Allen was charged as an accomplice with four counts of agg...

Spokane County v. Dep't of Fish & Wildlife (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 95029-6

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was the geographic scope of the permitting authority delegated to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife over hydraulic projects. A coalition of counties challenged the Department's statutory authority t...

Washington v. Farnworth (Majority)  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 95105-5

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned whether a prosecutor properly aggregated numerous offenses that would, individually, constitute theft in the second degree into two counts of theft in the first degree. Washington's common law standar...

Protect Pub. Health v. Freed (Majority)  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 95134-9

Justia Opinion Summary: Proposed Initiative 27 (I-27) would have allowed King County, Washington voters to decide whether to ban public funding for community health engagement location (CHEL) sites, colloquially known as safe injection sites, a...

Murray v. Dep't of Labor & Indus. (Majority)  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 95251-5

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, the Washington legislature enacted legislation establishing a state health technology assessment program. Part of that legislation formed the Health Technology Clinical Committee ("HTCC") as an independent commi...

Washington v. Henderson (Majority)  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 95603-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Henderson shot and killed Abubakar Abdi during an argument. Henderson was charged with felony murder based on second degree assault with a deadly weapon. Henderson contended that while acting in self-defense, he...

In re Disciplinary Proceedings Against Jensen (Majority)
Date: November 29, 2018
Docket Number: 201,706-1
Cornwell v. Microsoft Corp. (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: November 29, 2018
Docket Number: 94846-1

Justia Opinion Summary: A trial court granted summary judgment in favor of Microsoft Corporation after Dawn Cornwell, a former employee, alleged the company retaliated against her. While working for Microsoft, Cornwell believed that her then-su...

Harper v. Washington (Majority)  
Date: November 21, 2018
Docket Number: 95511-5

Justia Opinion Summary: Scottye Miller murdered his longtime girlfriend, Tricia Patricelli, 15 days after he was released from prison on Department of Corrections (DOC)-supervised probation. Patricelli, Patricelli's family and friends, and DOC—...

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