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PUBLIC DUTY DOCTRINE

PUBLIC DUTY DOCTRINE – What is the public duty doctrine? Up until about 1961, the State of Washington enjoyed what was called “Sovereign Immunity.” This meant that one simply could not sue the State (or a local government) no matter… READ MORE

Wiener & Lambka / CATEGORIES: Public Safety, Washington Government, Washington Law

NEW LAW: WASHINGTON STATE CREDIT SCORING BAN

NEW LAW:  WASHINGTON STATE CREDIT SCORING BAN – Effective on an emergency basis as of June 20, 2021, the use of credit scoring as a rating factor for insurance premiums and coverage is no longer allowed.   The ban affects new… READ MORE

Wiener & Lambka / CATEGORIES: Insurance Information, Washington Law

Suspended License Law Change

Suspended License Law Change – OLYMPIA, Wash. — Those who do not pay traffic tickets will no longer have their driver’s licenses suspended starting in 2023. Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5226 on Monday, which will end the practice of suspending… READ MORE

Wiener & Lambka / CATEGORIES: Local News, Washington Law

DRUG POSSESSION IS CURRENTLY NOT A CRIME IN WASHINGTON

DRUG POSSESSION IS CURRENTLY NOT A CRIME IN WASHINGTON- This headline might seem like “fake news” but it is actually correct.   Recently, the State Supreme Court overturned the Washington statute governing criminal drug possession.  The result is that there… READ MORE

Wiener & Lambka / CATEGORIES: Criminal Law, Washington Law
WHAT IS NEGLIGENCE IN TORT LAW?

WHAT IS NEGLIGENCE IN TORT LAW?

WHAT IS NEGLIGENCE IN TORT LAW? – Washington law matches the laws of most states in their general definition of what negligence is.  The Washington pattern jury instruction indicates that negligence is the failure to exercise ordinary care:  Negligence is… READ MORE

Wiener & Lambka / CATEGORIES: Washington Law

Washington Legislature Passes New Wrongful Death Law

Under current Washington State law parents can bring wrongful death claims for the wrongful death of their unmarried adult son or daughter only if they are financially dependent on their child. This law prevented most families from being able to… READ MORE

Wiener & Lambka / CATEGORIES: Communities, Education, Local News, Washington Government, Washington Law, Wrongful Death

WASHINGTON’S NEW BIKE LAW

WASHINGTON’S NEW BIKE LAW – Starting October 1, 2020, a new bike law goes into effect in Washington. The new law, entitled the “safety Stop” law, allows for bicyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs, with some exceptions and… READ MORE

Wiener & Lambka / CATEGORIES: Washington Law

Are serious lung damage due to vaping lawsuits a viable option?

The short answer at this time is most likely, no. In light of the serious lung problems that have come about through the use of vape devices, several states have moved to ban vaping devices or vaping cartridges. A lawsuit… READ MORE

Wiener & Lambka / CATEGORIES: Health Care, Washington Law

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THE “RULES OF THE ROAD”?

Most of us are (hopefully!!) well acquainted with the basic rules of driving, such as always driving to the right, obeying the basic speed law, the mandatory use of turn signals, and obeying all traffic and road signs. But the… READ MORE

Wiener & Lambka / CATEGORIES: Car Accidents, Drunk Driving, Pedestrian Law, Public Safety, Washington Law

MEDIATION OR ARBITRATION; THEY’RE PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING, RIGHT?

These procedures do have many things in common, but they are most certainly NOT the “same thing”. Both mediation and arbitration are forms of what is known as “ADR” or “Alternative Dispute Resolution”, and both are devices by which lengthy… READ MORE

Wiener & Lambka / CATEGORIES: Business Law, Employment Law, Medical Malpractice, Pedestrian Law, Washington Law

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