It’s Time to Revisit the Reasonable Value of Medical Care – Part I
5/13/2021
Jean Homan
For tort defense attorneys, the scenario is hauntingly familiar…and immensely frustrating. The plaintiff in your case is claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical specials, most of which are the result of hospital care, even though the plaintiff’s insurance paid only a fraction of the gross billed charges and the hospital wrote the balance off. And yet at trial, your plaintiff will be able to blackboard as special damages the gross billed charges for their medical care.
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Court Determines that a $3.7 Million Stipulated Settlement Is Unreasonable
by: Paul Rosner

5/17/2021

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Paul Rosner of Soha & Lang, P.S. successfully argued that a $3.7 million stipulated settlement of a lawsuit was unreasonable. The lawsuit stemmed from the alleged sexual abuse of a student by an elementary school teacher. The Court held that the reasonable settlement value was
$450,000.
Implications of the Washington Supreme Court’s Ruling in Gerlach v. The Cove Apartments, LLC Regarding the Affirmative Defense Voluntary Intoxication
by: Kaytlin L. Carlson & Kelsey L. Shewbert

5/17/2021

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Washington’s Supreme Court recently issued a decision in Gerlach v. The Cove Apartments, LLC, 196 Wn.2d 111, 471 P.3d 181 (2020), affirming that a plaintiff’s blood alcohol concentration (“BAC”) was only minimally relevant and excluded it pursuant to ER 403 because the plaintiff admitted intoxication.
EEOC Permits Employers to Mandate COVID Vaccinations to Employees: Now What?
by: Sarah Turner & Hieu Williams

2/8/2021

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With the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, employers will now face a different set of challenges as they grapple with the decision of whether or not to require employee vaccination.