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Mikkelsen v. Pub. Util. Dist. No. 1 of Kittitas County (Majority)  
Date: October 19, 2017
Docket Number: 93731-1

Justia Opinion Summary: The Public Utility District No. 1 of Kittitas County (district) fired Kim Mikkelsen after 27 years of service. Mikkelsen sued the district, alleging that, among other things, her dismissal violated the Washington Law Aga...

Washington v. Salgado-Mendoza (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 93293-0

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal was whether the trial court in Ascencion Salgado-Mendoza's trial for driving under the influence abused its discretion by refusing to suppress the testimony of the State's toxicology witness. The...

Killian v. Seattle Pub. Schs. (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 93655-2

Justia Opinion Summary: Former Seattle Public Schools (SPS) employees sought reversal of a Court of Appeals decision that affirmed summary judgment in favor of their bargaining representative, the International Union of Operating Engineers Loca...

Shanghai Commercial Bank, Ltd. v. Kung Da Chang (Majority)  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 93823-7

Justia Opinion Summary: Kung Da Chang entered into a credit facility arrangement with Shanghai Commercial Bank (SCB) between March and April 2008 by executing five agreements. Together, these five agreements enabled Chang and his father, Clark...

Washington v. Barnes (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 93829-6

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, after attempting to steal a riding lawnmower, Joshua Barnes was arrested and charged with theft of a motor vehicle. He filed a motion to dismiss, claiming that a riding lawnmower was not a "motor vehicle" under...

Blomstrom v. Tripp (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: October 5, 2017
Docket Number: 91642-0

Justia Opinion Summary: Three cases were consolidated for review by the Washington Supreme Court. Each petitioner-defendant was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). Two had high blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) but no previous DUI...

In re Pers. Restraint of Canha (Majority)  
Date: September 28, 2017
Docket Number: 94175-1

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Steven Canha guilty of two counts of assault in the second degree and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree. At the sentencing hearing, the superior court calculated Canha's offe...

Arden v. Forsberg & Umlauf, PS (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: September 14, 2017
Docket Number: 93207-7

Justia Opinion Summary: This case presented for the Washington Supreme Court's review claims of breaches of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice against lawyers hired to defend insureds in a civil action where the insurance company provided the...

Washington v. Gray (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: September 14, 2017
Docket Number: 93609-9

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Eric Gray electronically sent an unsolicited picture of his penis to an adult woman when he was seventeen years old. The woman notified police; police found and charged petitioner with one count of second degr...

Carrera v. Olmstead (Majority)  
Date: September 7, 2017
Docket Number: 93799-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Basilio Carrera lost his right hand in a workplace accident. The issue this accident presented for the Washington Supreme Court’s review was whether the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) could pursue a third party...

In re Disciplinary Proceeding Against Fossedal (Majority)
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 201,600-6
Washington v. Cardenas-Flores (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 93385-5

Justia Opinion Summary: Zaida Yesenia Cardenas-Flores did not make a corpus delicti objection at trial, raising it for the first time on appeal. Cardenas-Flores and Carlos Austin brought their infant son, C.A., to the emergency room. They repor...

In re Det. of Belcher (Majority)  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 93900-4

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, when he was 26 years old, Troy Belcher was civilly committed as a sexually violent predator. In 2015, the superior court ordered that he continue to be indefinitely committed, based on two sexually violent crime...

Watson v. City of Seattle (Majority)  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: 93723-1

Justia Opinion Summary: This case centered on Seattle Ordinance 124833 (Ordinance), which imposed a "Firearms and Ammunition Tax" on each firearm and round of ammunition sold within the city limits. Its stated purpose was to raise revenue for p...

Street v. Weyerhaeuser Co. (Majority)  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: 93984-5

Justia Opinion Summary: Weyerhaeuser Company challenged an award of industrial insurance benefits to its former employee, Roger Street, for his low back condition, a claimed occupational disease. Weyerhaeuser argued that a worker must present e...

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