Legal Issues

Washington Supreme Court Decision Paves Way for Greater Uber and Lyft Accountability

Washington Supreme Court Decision Paves Way for Greater Uber and Lyft Accountability

Companies like Uber and Lyft have long avoided legal responsibilities like worker benefits and injury victim compensation by claiming their drivers are “independent contractors.”  Last month, the Washington Supreme Court took a small but notable step toward recognizing that “on-demand” drivers are not “independent contractors,” but are in fact “employees.”

Rules of the Road: Washington Grants New Protection to "Vulnerable Roadway Users"

Rules of the Road: Washington Grants New Protection to "Vulnerable Roadway Users"

As an all-too-frequent motorist, and insufficiently frequent road cyclist, who enjoys the activity but not the fear and aggression that are all-too-regular effects when motorist impatience and cyclist entitlement clash, I’m happy to see our state take a firm and clarified stand in favor of mobility and safety for all…

Ride the Ducks Deaths Help Spur State Legislature to Fix Wrongful Death Law

Ride the Ducks Deaths Help Spur State Legislature to Fix Wrongful Death Law

Our state’s Wrongful Death bill was completely overhauled today in a landslide vote by the legislature.

After five international students were killed in the Ride the Ducks Aurora Bridge crash, the community was upset to learn that the claims of the students over the age of 18 who did not have dependents (children) was strictly limited because of an ancient law whose roots were traced to racist rationale.  Washington was one of only three states to still have wrongful death laws like this on the books.

Washington May Change Its Unfair Wrongful Death Law

Washington May Change Its Unfair Wrongful Death Law

Parents who have raised children into adulthood know that little actually changes that one midnight when a child turns 18.  At 11:59 p.m., a 17-year old lives at home with his parents, is wrapping up high school with some degree of senioritis, and probably attempting to decide what to do next.  At 12 a.m., the 18-year old is doing the same thing.  Yes they are suddenly eligible to buy a cigar or serve in the military, but the love relationship between a parent and their child does not change.  With one awful exception.