Washington Supreme Court News

Washington Supreme Court: Farmworkers to Get Overtime Pay

SEATTLE — A divided Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday the state’s dairy workers are entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week, a decision expected to apply to the rest of the agriculture industry. For …

Washington High Court Decides What Constitutes ‘Use’ for UIM Coverage Attachment

In certification from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington in Heidi Kroeber v. GEICO Ins. Co., 2016 WL 166528 (Wash. Ct. App., decided Jan. 14, 2016), the Washington Supreme Court, answered the District Court’s certified question …

Washington High Court Blocks Suit Over Boeing Worker’s Death

Washington’s Supreme Court says in a split decision that Boeing can’t be sued over a worker’s death from asbestos exposure. Worker Gary Walston was exposed to asbestos throughout his long career at Boeing, but especially during a span in 1985 …

Washington High Court Rules Cities Can Be Liable in DUI Crash

Washington’s Supreme Court says cities, counties and utility companies can be liable when faulty road design leads to injuries in car crashes – even when the driver is drunk. In an 8-1 ruling Thursday, the justices overturned a lower court’s …

Coverage for Diminished Value Following Post-Crash Repairs Debate Continues

In the past decade, many courts and state legislatures have considered the issue of whether automobile policies provide coverage for diminished value of a repaired vehicle after a collision has occurred. Courts that have considered the issue have reached varying …

Court: Shipyard Worker’s Cancer Lawsuit Proceeds

Washington’s Supreme Court says a lawsuit brought against respirator makers by a now-deceased shipyard worker can go forward. Leo Macias worked at Todd Shipyards, where he was assigned to clean respirators worn by other workers when they dealt with asbestos …

Washington Courts Approve Non-Lawyers as Plaintiffs’ Assistants

Washington plaintiffs, unable to afford legal counsel, may soon be able to hire Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLT) to handle some of the paperwork thanks to a new Supreme Court rule adopted last month. The Washington Supreme Court adopted APR …