On September 1, 2018, the new rules governing civil arbitration went into effect. This replaces Mandatory Arbitration in most of the more populated counties across the state.
The Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association had another year of strong achievement and success this past year under the leadership of past-President Lori O’Tool and thanks to the dedication of our very capable Executive Director, Maggie Sweeney.
In the last few years, it has become relatively cheap and easy for litigators to obtain high-quality aerial images to use in their cases. With a growing ease of access, it is time to take a moment to explore why and when aerial images may help your client’s case, how to acquire aerial images, and how to properly admit this evidence in court.
The Defense News is proud to highlight its members in this Member Spotlight column. In this edition, we are pleased to introduce Alice Brown, the new Editor-in-Chief of the WDTL Defense News and Managing Attorney for GEICO Staff Counsel.
Although the 2018 Legislative session was short—lasting for only 60 days—it proved to be a demanding one for the WDTL. The WDTL actively tracked dozens of issues, but four measures were immediately identified as top priorities:
In each edition of the Defense News we feature successes of our members and colleagues. WDTL is proud of our defense attorneys and we like to share their accomplishments.
WDTL’s 2018 Annual Meeting at Sun Mountain Resort in Winthrop, Washington, was packed with interesting speakers and topical programming while providing opportunities to network and socialize with our fellow civil defense attorneys.
On July 19, 2018, the Washington Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Afoa v. Port of Seattle, 421 P.3d 903 (2018) (“Afoa II”). In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that a concurrent nondelegable duty under the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (“WISHA”) to provide a safe workplace, alone, is not sufficient to create a basis for vicarious liability.