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Negligence
A 2021 opinion by a Washington State appellate court provided additional guidance on how plaintiffs may avoid the “public duty doctrine” defense in lawsuits against government entities. Norg v. City of Seattle (No. 80836-2-I), involved a wife who called 9-1-1 after her husband suffered a heart attack. She provided the Seattle Fire Department with the...
In subrogation actions arising from a subcontractor’s negligence, a common defense for a general contractor is to allege that the subcontractor was an “independent contractor.” In other words – “it wasn’t me, it was the other guy, and I’m not responsible for him!” But is that always the end of the story? Courts in New...
“Dangerous and generally a fruitless occupation.”– Justice Akenhead No, Justice Akenhead was not talking about being a lawyer, but stating that it is inappropriate to rank possible causes of a fire in terms of probability in order to select the most probable.    In Fosse Motor Engineers Ltd v Conde Nast (2008), Fosse, the owner of...