News & Recent Blog Posts

23 January 2015

CNAs attempt to get minimum staffing levels mandated

When reading one of my favorite sites for local updates, the Public News Service, I was reminded about the sad state of affairs for Washington caregivers in the nursing home industry. Washington doesn... Read more


16 January 2015

Groundbreaking Decision for Safer Drinking Water

Yesterday, The New York Times reported on the following: Earlier this week, we received a groundbreaking decision in the first of the Yakima Valley, WA dairy cases led by Public Justice*, in which ... Read more


16 January 2015

Travis Jameson selected as a finalist for 2014 KCBA Young Lawyer’s Outstanding Mentor Award

Within a couple of years, Travis Jameson, has already started to make a mark on the Seattle legal community. When he’s not busy battling for his clients, he finds time to mentor new attorneys in... Read more


9 January 2015

Honda breaks history…hit with $70 million fine

“Holey moley!” That’s what I thought when I read that Honda got hit with a $70 million fine. The Obama administration imposed this history-making fine because the Japanese automaker ... Read more


7 January 2015

Karen Koehler gets ABA Top 100 Blawg fan favorite again!

For the third year in a row, Karen Koehler earned the most votes in the 2014 ABA Journal Top 100 Blawgs for the Velvet Hammer as the top blog in the Litigation category. With more bloggers (or shou... Read more


18 December 2014

Consumer protection agency sues Sprint for illegal charges

Sprint may have been overcharging its consumers to the tune of millions of dollars by cramming unauthorized charges onto its consumers’ bills. Haven’t we heard this before? Yes, in fact... Read more


17 December 2014

Pillow talk over airbags: Shacking up in a hotel to talk Takata

Takata, a Japanese airbag manufacturer, whose executives were questioned in House & Senate hearings a couple weeks ago, remains defiant in expanding any recall of its airbags. Its faulty airbags ... Read more


6 December 2014

Seattle supposedly ranks #1 for pedestrian safety. Really?

According to a Liberty Mutual study, Seattle is at the top of the list for the safest city in the country for pedestrians. Thanks to additional infrastructures like the wonderful new pedestrian walkwa... Read more


25 November 2014

Vote for The Velvet Hammer at ABA’s site!

Karen Koehler’s Velvet Hammer blog was selected again as one of the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100. Editors of the ABA Journal announced yesterday they have selected KarenKoehlerBlog.com as one o... Read more


21 November 2014

Seattle’s 2nd Ave Death Trap – Bike Man Dan finds many risks for the uninitiated

As I’ve blogged about a number of times–even before the death of cyclist/attorney Sher Kung–many, including country’s bike expert/Rutgers professor John Pucher, have considered... Read more