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Washington v. Bacon (Majority)  
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 94393-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Evan Bacon, a juvenile, pleaded guilty to second degree robbery and received a suspended disposition. The State challenged the juvenile court's authority to enter such a disposition, arguing that the Juvenile Justice Act...

Washington v. James-Buhl (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 94409-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Teacher Tanya James-Buhl was charged with failure to comply with the mandatory reporting law that requires specified professionals to report incidents of child abuse when they have reasonable cause to believe a child has...

Garcia v. Henley (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 94511-0

Justia Opinion Summary: Ricardo and Luz Garcia and Ted and Andean Henley were neighbors in Tieton, Washington. The two families' plots shared a boundary line separated by a fence. The Henleys rebuilt the boundary fence multiple times during the...

Gilmore v. Jefferson County Pub. Transp. Benefit Area (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 94559-4

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, a Jefferson County Public Transportation Benefit area vehicle collided with Michael Gilmore's vehicle. Gilmore brought a personal jury lawsuit against Jefferson Transit for injuries he allegedly sustained in tha...

Chavez v. Our Lady of Lourdes Hosp. at Pasco (Majority)  
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 94592-6

Justia Opinion Summary: Judith Chavez and other registered nurses (nurses) sought class certification in their wage action against their employer, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital at Pasco d/b/a Lourdes Medical Center and John Serle (Lourdes). The...

Lockner v. Pierce County (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: April 19, 2018
Docket Number: 94643-4

Justia Opinion Summary: This case asked the Washington Supreme Court to clarify the scope of Washington's recreational use immunity statute, RCW 4.24.210. Margie Lockner was injured when she fell from her bicycle on a trail maintained by Pierce...

In re Disciplinary Proceeding Against Placide (Majority)
Date: April 12, 2018
Docket Number: 201,639-1
Washington v. Schierman (Majority, Concurrence, Dissent and Concurrence/Dissent)  
Date: April 12, 2018
Docket Number: 84614-6

Justia Opinion Summary: Conner Schierman was convicted of four counts of aggravated first degree murder and sentenced to death. He appealed his convictions and sentences on multiple grounds. Schierman was convicted for the 2006 stabbing deaths...

Bearden v. McGill (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: April 12, 2018
Docket Number: 94320-6

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff James Bearden sued Dolphus McGill after they were involved in a car accident. They went to mandatory arbitration, and the arbitrator awarded plaintiff Bearden $44,000.00 in damages. Bearden moved for statutory...

In Bar Application of Simmons (Majority)  
Date: April 5, 2018
Docket Number: 201,671-5

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned a recent law school graduate's application to sit for the Washington State Bar Examination. Tarra Denelle Simmons had a history involving long-term substance abuse, multiple criminal convictions, and...

Washington v. Betancourth (Majority)  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 94208-1

Justia Opinion Summary: This case required the Washington Supreme Court to consider the "independent source doctrine," a recognized exception to the exclusionary rule under article I, section 7 of the Washington State Constitution. The superior...

Ohio Sec. Ins. Co. v. AXIS Ins. Co. (Majority)  
Date: March 22, 2018
Docket Number: 94677-9

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington certified a question of Washington law to the Washington Supreme Court. The underlying case involved an insurance coverage dispute between two autho...

Futureselect Portfolio Mgmt., Inc. v. Tremont Grp. Holdings, Inc. (Majority)  
Date: March 15, 2018
Docket Number: 93824-5

Justia Opinion Summary: FutureSelect Portfolio Management Inc. sought to challenge a 2011 Superior Court order granting KPMG LLP's motion to compel arbitration. Lead plaintiff FutureSelect was headquartered in Washington state, and managed a nu...

Washington v. Cornwell (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: March 15, 2018
Docket Number: 93845-8

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue in this case was whether there were any limitations on the scope of a community corrections officer’s search. “It is well established that an individual on probation has a reduced expectation of privacy, and a...

Washington v. Vanhollebeke (Majority)  
Date: March 15, 2018
Docket Number: 94054-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Justin Vanhollebeke drove his truck the wrong way down a one-way street. An officer stopped him. Vanhollebeke ignored the officer's command to stay in the vehicle, got out and locked the vehicle behind him, left a punche...

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