Washington Supreme Court Decisions 2024

State v. Carter (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: May 23, 2024
Docket Number: 101,777-4

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of Washington State reviewed two cases involving individuals, Kimonti Dennis Carter and Shawn Dee Reite, who were originally sentenced to mandatory life without parole (LWOP) for aggravated first-degree…

State v. Wallahee (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: May 16, 2024
Docket Number: 20439-0

Justia Opinion Summary: In the early 20th century, Jim Wallahee, a citizen of the Yakama Nation, was convicted for illegal hunting when he killed a deer on ceded Yakama land. The Yakama Nation had signed a treaty with the United States…

Spencer v. Franklin Hills Health-Spokane, LLC (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: May 9, 2024
Docket Number: 102,147-0

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2021, Lyra Jean Spencer filed a personal injury lawsuit against Franklin Hills Health-Spokane LLC. To serve the summons, her attorney hired a process server who, after learning that the registered agent was…

State v. Bertrand (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: April 18, 2024
Docket Number: 100,953-4

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Andrew Bertrand, who was convicted of two counts of first-degree child molestation. Bertrand argued that his counsel was ineffective for failing to propose lesser included offense instructions on…

Spokane County v. Meneses (Majority and Concurrence)  
Date: April 18, 2024
Docket Number: 101,520-8

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves an action filed by Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Lawrence Haskell against Jilma Meneses, the secretary of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). The Prosecutor…

In re Estate of Essex v. Grant County Public Hospital District No. 1 (Majority)  
Date: April 11, 2024
Docket Number: 101,745-6

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around the death of a patient, Cindy Essex, who visited Samaritan Hospital's emergency room due to severe shoulder pain. The doctors, who were not employees of the hospital but independent contractors,…

Cousins v. Department of Corrections (Majority)  
Date: April 11, 2024
Docket Number: 101,769-3

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around Terry Cousins' efforts to obtain public records related to her sister, who died while in the custody of the Department of Corrections (DOC). Cousins alleged that the DOC's response to her public…

Benton County Water Conservancy Board v. Department of Ecology (Majority)  
Date: April 11, 2024
Docket Number: 101,838-0

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around the Benton County Water Conservancy Board (the Board) and the Washington State Department of Ecology (the Department). The Department primarily manages the state's water resources, while the…

AURC III, LLC v. Point Ruston Phase II, LLC (Majority)  
Date: April 11, 2024
Docket Number: 101,872-0

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves AURC III LLC, an Oregon limited liability company, and several Washington and Delaware limited liability companies collectively referred to as Point Ruston. Point Ruston purchased a 97-acre former…

State v. Keller (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: April 4, 2024
Docket Number: 101,171-7

Justia Opinion Summary: In May 2020, Austin River Keller drove his car into a ditch and subsequently failed a breath alcohol test. The Kitsap County District Court suppressed the breath alcohol test results produced from the Dräger Alcotest…

State v. Stearns (Majority)  
Date: March 28, 2024
Docket Number: 101,502-0

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of the State of Washington considered whether the State's 12-year delay in bringing charges against John Ray Stearns, despite having matched his DNA to a murder victim in 2004, violated his due process…

State v. Buck (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: March 14, 2024
Docket Number: 101,703-1

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016 and 2021, Steven Buck was convicted of felony failure to register as a sex offender and sentenced to prison terms followed by mandatory 36 months of community custody. The trial court ran Buck’s 2021 community…

Gardens Condominium v. Farmers Insurance Exchange (Majority)  
Date: March 14, 2024
Docket Number: 101,892-4

Justia Opinion Summary: A dispute arose between the Gardens Condominium (a Washington nonprofit corporation) and Farmers Insurance Exchange (a California company) over the interpretation of a resulting loss exception in an all-risk insurance…

Associated General Contractors Of Washington v. State (Majority)  
Date: March 14, 2024
Docket Number: 101,997-1

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case from the Supreme Court of the State of Washington, several construction industry associations challenged a 2018 law (RCW 39.12.015(3)) that changed the method for determining prevailing wage rates on public…

M.G. v. Yakima Sch. Dist. No. 7 (Majority)  
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: 101,799-5

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of the State of Washington was required to make a decision on a case involving a high school student, M.G., who was expelled on an emergency basis by Yakima School District No. 7 (the District). The…

Assurance Wireless USA, LP v. Dep't of Revenue (Majority)  
Date: March 7, 2024
Docket Number: 101,873-8

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of the State of Washington heard a case involving Assurance Wireless USA LP, a telecommunications company that provides wireless services to low-income consumers as part of the federal "Lifeline"…

In re Pers. Restraint of Arntsen (Majority)  
Date: February 29, 2024
Docket Number: 101,635-2

Justia Opinion Summary: The petitioner, Ricky Arntsen, was convicted of several crimes including second degree assault with a deadly weapon following a road rage incident where he forced another driver, Kim Koenig, to stop her car and then…

Schiff v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: February 15, 2024
Docket Number: 101,576-3

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a dispute between Dr. Stan Schiff and Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies. Dr. Schiff, on behalf of himself and a class of similarly situated providers, claimed that Liberty Mutual's practice of reducing…

King County v. Abernathy (Majority)  
Date: January 25, 2024
Docket Number: 101,075-3

Justia Opinion Summary: In "King County v. Michael J. Abernathy et al.", the Supreme Court of the State of Washington answered a question certified by the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. The case involved a…

Pacific Lutheran Univ. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London (Majority, Concurrence and Dissent)  
Date: January 18, 2024
Docket Number: 100,752-3

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case before the Supreme Court of the State of Washington, a consortium of over 130 institutions of higher education sued a group of 16 insurance carriers for denying their COVID-19 related claims. The insurance…

State v. Martinez (Majority)  
Date: January 18, 2024
Docket Number: 101,124-5

Justia Opinion Summary: In the State of Washington, two brothers, Alejandro S. Martinez and Eduardo S. Martinez, were charged with separate counts of sexually abusing their younger stepbrothers in their shared family home. The State of…

M.N. v. MultiCare Health Sys., Inc. (Majority and Dissent)  
Date: January 18, 2024
Docket Number: 101,537-2

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington was asked to consider a class action suit brought by patients against MultiCare Health System, Inc., a Washington corporation that operates Good Samaritan…

Velazquez Framing, LLC v. Cascadia Homes, Inc. (Majority)  
Date: January 11, 2024
Docket Number: 101,591-7

Justia Opinion Summary: In Washington State, a second-tier subcontractor, Velazquez Framing LLC, was not paid for the work it did on property owned by Cascadia Homes Inc., a general contracting company. High End Construction LLC, who had been…

Royal Oaks Country Club v. Dep't of Revenue (Majority)  
Date: January 11, 2024
Docket Number: 101,770-7

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of the State of Washington found that the initiation fees charged by Royal Oaks Country Club, a nonprofit corporation, are fully deductible from the business and occupation (B&O) tax under RCW…

Barlow v. State (Majority, Dissent and Concurrence/Dissent)  
Date: January 4, 2024
Docket Number: 101,045-1

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court of the State of Washington considered two questions certified by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit regarding a university's duty of care towards its students. The plaintiff, a…

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