Case Review: Downing v. Losvar

Posted by William K. Thayer | Jun 01, 2022 | 0 Comments

This week’s case review looks briefly at a recent decision from the Washington Court of Appeals, Division 3, related to when a Washington court may have “personal jurisdiction” over a non-resident company for purposes of a tort lawsuit.

Case Review: Mangan v. Lamar

Posted by William K. Thayer | May 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

A party wishing to appeal a mandatory arbitration award has to personally sign the notice of appeal; the actual appealing party themselves must sign the notice requesting the appeal, not just their attorney. Here is what happens if the party doesn't sign it.

On Legal Self-Help Options

Posted by William K. Thayer | May 03, 2022 | 0 Comments

Some local law libraries, such as Clark County's law library in Vancouver, Washington, offer self-help kits that provide forms at a modest cost, although it is always best to obtain professional counsel for your legal needs if at all possible.

Unmanned Commercial Delivery Drones

Posted by William K. Thayer | Apr 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

“Wing” (a Google-related company), has produced an unmanned flying product-delivery drone that is making drops of small packages now to homes in two suburban communities in the state of Texas. The future appears to be upon us - are we and our legal system ready for it?

Driverless Tractors

Posted by William K. Thayer | Apr 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

Autonomous tractors, driverless rigs that can plow day or night with no one in the cab or even watching nearby, will be ready for use on the modern American farm as early as later this year.

A Moratorium on the Use by Insurers of Credit Scores to Set Driver and Homeowner Insurance Premiums

Posted by William K. Thayer | Mar 07, 2022 | 0 Comments

Did you know that drivers and homeowners with a lower credit score have been subject to paying higher insurance premiums on their auto and homeowner policies? Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler recently promulgated a rule banning the practice in the state of Washington on a temporary basis, at least up until three years have passed beyond the end of a need for government pandemic relief. Commissioner Kreidler’s moratorium is set to take effect on March 4, 2022.

More on the Subject of Insurance in Trials, and the “Shhhh…Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Mindset

Posted by Scott Edwards | Feb 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

The word “insurance” has become a "bad word" in the courtroom. In my opinion, it needn't be so broadly excluded, so long as the jury is also provided with the Washington pattern jury instruction on the subject of insurance. In that way, the mention of insurance in a trial will be considered by the jury only in its proper context.

Case Update: Kosovan v. Omni Insurance Company

Posted by Benjamin P. Melnick | Feb 08, 2022 | 0 Comments

In October of last year, the Washington Court of Appeals issued a consumer-friendly decision based on sound legal principles and public policy. A major takeaway of the case is that an insurance company cannot escape liability if it delegates its duties that it owes to its customers to a third party claims administrator who mishandles a claim, harming the customer.

Happy Anniversary U.S. Supreme Court

Posted by William K. Thayer | Feb 01, 2022 | 0 Comments

Two hundred and thirty-two years ago, on February 1, 1790, the United States Supreme Court convened for its first day of official business. As we celebrate today the anniversary of the birth of our nation’s top court, we can be grateful for its continued existence, and for the many past years it has diligently endeavored to serve as a steward for our country.

Scott Edwards Graduates from Esteemed Trial Lawyers College

Posted by Scott Edwards | Jan 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

During most of the month of September of last year, I had the opportunity to witness the changing of the seasons—from summer to fall—in Estes Park, Colorado; deep in the Rocky Mountains at the “YMCA of the Rockies”. I was there, not just enjoying the scenery, but primarily to learn from some of the best trial attorneys in the nation, and to practice the skills of discovering clients' stories, selecting a jury, making effective opening statements, questioning and cross-examining witnesses, and giving persuasive closing arguments.

Can a Firefighter (or Other Professional) Injured On the Job Recover From the Person Who Caused Their Need to Rescue Another?

Posted by Scott A. Staples | Jan 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

A unique exception to "The Rescue Doctrine" prevents a person whose profession requires performing rescues, like police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s, from bringing an action, based on negligence and for their own injury suffered in the line of duty, against the person whose negligence created the need for them to rescue another.

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