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WA Supremes – No Minimum Wage for Jurors

By Ember Law  |  May 4, 2020

In an 8-1 decision April 9, the Supreme Court ruled that jury duty is not traditional employment and therefore not subject to the state’s Minimum Wage Act.  A copy of the opinion is online here. If you would like to see jurors paid more for their service, capped now at a paltry $10 per day, mention in to your State...

WA Jury Trials Suspended Thru July 6

By Ember Law  |  May 1, 2020

The Washington Supreme Court issued a revised order April 29 with guidelines for continued judicial branch operations during the current pandemic.  In particular the order suspends all jury trials through July 6, 2020.  Read the order online here or at tinyurl.com/ya3gk564.  

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Benefits are “Business or Property” for Purposes of Consumer Protection Act (CPA) Claims

By Ember Law  |  December 4, 2019

Krista Peoples was injured in a car crash, and applied for PIP benefits through her auto insurer, USAA.  When USAA eventually denied her benefits, Peoples sued. She alleged that USAA violated Washington insurance regulations when it denied bills without an individualized assessment and when a computerized review process determined that the bills exceeded a predetermined limit. USAA moved to dismiss,...

WA Supreme Court Rules Plaintiffs Cannot Sue Individual Adjusters for Bad Faith & CPA Violations

By Ember Law  |  October 26, 2019

Facts The actions of the adjuster in this case are pretty egregious: Moun Keodalah was hit and injured by an uninsured motorcyclist.  Investigations by both Allstate (Mr. Keodalah’s insurer) and the Seattle Police Department showed the following: That the motorcyclist was speeding between 60 – 74 m.p.h. in a 30-m.p.h. zone and had split lanes; That the bike’s excessive speed...

New Hope Act Makes Expands Access to Vacating Criminal Records

By Ember Law  |  October 12, 2019

If you’ve read our prior post on expunging or vacating your criminal record, you learned that unless you met the stringent requirements, removing a conviction from your record was impossible. Fortunately, our legislature and governor recognized what criminal justice advocates have stated for a while – a criminal conviction can be a scarlet letter. It draws attention to your mistake...

The “Made Whole Doctrine” and Settling for Less Than 3rd Party Limits

By Ember Law  |  September 30, 2019

The Washington Supreme Court recently decided Group Health Cooperative v. Coon, a highly contested case regarding the applicability of the Made Whole Doctrine. First, a brief overview of the facts. Mr. Coon developed a serious fungal infection after surgery. While it was unclear what the exact cause of the infection was, the hospital where the surgery was performed settled with...

An Introduction to Subrogation – I.E. Paying Back Your Insurance Company

By Ember Law  |  September 17, 2019

Subrogation is a concept in law that essentially states that you cannot be paid twice for the same injury. So what does that have to do with your personal injury case? Let me explain: In the typical vehicle collision case, the injured person’s medical bills are usually paid by their car insurance (PIP), and/or their health insurance. Essentially, this counts...

Driving While License Suspended (DWLS)

By Ember Law  |  September 6, 2019

There are three types of Driving While License Suspended (DWLS): Third Degree Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree (DWLS-3) is the most common crime of driving while your license is suspended. This is misdemeanor in Washington, meaning it is punishable up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, though it rarely results in jail time.  DWLS-3...

Caution With Electric Scooters

By Ember Law  |  August 27, 2019

We have noticed an increase in calls regarding people who were riding electric scooters who have been hit by motor vehicles. This often happens when the person is riding in a protected bike lane, and the vehicle driver makes a turn. It seems that the drivers simply don’t see the person on the scooter. To make yourself more visible, we...

Negligent Driving

By Ember Law  |  August 20, 2019

Negligent Driving in the First Degree (Neg 1) Negligent Driving in the First Degree is a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of 90 days in jail and $1000 fine.  A person is guilty of this offense if they (1) operate a motor vehicle in a manner that is both negligent and endangers or is likely to endanger any person or...