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7
Aug
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Court of Appeals Underscores Significance of Written Fee Agreement

A recent decision by Division I of the Washington Court of Appeals highlights the importance of a written fee agreement. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP v. Peterson, 2017 WL 1593009 (Wn. App. May 1, 2017) (unpublished), was a fee collection case by a law firm against a client. The law firm had represented the client in commercial litigation before withdrawing. After the underlying case resolved, the law firm sued the client for unpaid fees and related expenses that the law firm had advanced.

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19
Jul

Court of Appeals Discusses Implied Waiver of Privilege When Claiming Attorney Fees as Damages

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Division I of the Court of Appeals recently discussed implied waiver of the attorney-client privilege when claiming attorney fees as damages.

books on the table and classes and the bottom shelfDivision I of the Court of Appeals recently discussed implied waiver of the attorney-client privilege when claiming attorney fees as damages. Bellevue Farm Owners Association v. Stevens, ___ Wn. App. ___, ___ P.3d ___, 2017 WL 1293482 (2017), was on discretionary review. The underlying litigation involved the development of waterfront property and included a counterclaim for abuse of process. The damages asserted under the counterclaim were solely attorney fees and related costs.The counterclaim defendant sought discovery of billing records relating to the attorney fees and costs claimed. Following an order at the trial court requiring production, the counterclaimant requested — and was granted — discretionary review. At the Court of Appeals, the defendant argued that the counterclaimant had impliedly waived privilege by claiming the attorney fees and associated costs as damages. The counterclaimant, in turn, contended that implied waiver only applied to legal malpractice claims. Read more »

10
Jul

Legislative Update: Impact of New Budget on WSBA Priorities

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Late on June 30, the legislature avoided a partial government shutdown by passing, and Gov. Inslee signing, an operating budget.

Washington's Capitol in OlyLate on June 30, the legislature avoided a partial government shutdown by passing, and Gov. Inslee signing, an operating budget. The budget appropriates $43.7 billion over the next biennium.

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7
Jul

Knowing When to Go: Court of Appeals Affirms Sanctions Against Lawyer for Continuing After Disqualification

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An appeals court recently affirmed sanctions against a lawyer, who continued to participate in the case after being disqualified.

Young attorney walking away down a lonely road.Division III of the Washington Court of Appeals recently affirmed sanctions against a lawyer in an unusual scenario: the lawyer continued to participate in the case after being disqualified. Read more »

24
Apr

Week 15: WSBA Bills Signed into Law

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Last week, Gov. Inslee signed into law both WSBA-request bills, Senate Bill 5011 and Substitute Senate Bill 5012.

Washington's Capitol in OlyLast week, the Legislature entered the final week of the regular session, and Gov. Inslee called the Legislature into its first special session, beginning at 10 a.m. today (April 24). Read more »