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Oregon Court of Appeals Finds Coverage Dependent on the Nature of Injury, Regardless of Liability Theory Alleged
Washington Federal Court Enforces Endorsement Allowing Insurer to Recoup Defense Costs for Uncovered Claims
Washington Federal Court Find Insurer Cannot Refuse to Cover Defense Costs Without Showing of “Actual Prejudice”
Williams Kastner Greene & Markley Capable of Assisting PG&E
Charles Markley and Stephen Arnot have the experience and credentials to help creditors that may be affected by the recent Pacific Gas & Electr...
Williams Kastner Celebrates 90th Anniversary
Williams Kastner is proud to celebrate its 90th Anniversary in 2019. The firm has a rich and noteworthy history in the Pacific Northwest, tracing ...
Williams Kastner Announces 2019 New Members
December 28, 2018 ─ Williams Kastner is pleased to announce that four new Members will be admitted to the firm, effective January 1, 2019. Earning ...
OREGON FEDERAL COURT FINDS HOA MEMBERS LACK STANDING TO BRING DIRECT ACTION AGAINST INSURER UNDER HOA’S INSURANCE POLICY BECAUSE THEY DO NOT QUALIFY AS INTENDED THIRD-PARTY BENEFICIARIES
WASHINGTON FEDERAL COURT FINDS THAT STATUTORY NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE “CLAIM” UNDER CLAIMS-MADE POLICY
A Little Advance Notice on Employment Issues That Will Be Faced by General Counsel in 2018
In the summer of 2017, ALM and a major American law firm launched what was described as the inaugural “General Counsel Up-At-Night” report. That re...
100 Black Men of Seattle, Inc. with Women Presidents’ Organization Honor Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Leading Successful Businesses
October 30, 2018
2018 Williams Kastner Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
Washington Athletic Club
WASHINGTON FEDERAL COURT FINDS THAT SEXUAL ABUSE CLAIM NOT COVERED EVEN WHEN “NEGLIGENCE” CLAIM WAS ALLEGED
IN ISSUE OF FIRST IMPRESSION, WASHINGTON COURT HOLDS THAT ACTIONS OF PUBLIC ADJUSTER ARE IMPUTED TO INSURED
OREGON COURT HOLDS THAT INSURED MUST ATTEND EUO AS CONDITION PRECEDENT TO COVERAGE DESPITE OREGON STATUTE REQUIRING PROMPT PAYMENT OF PIP BENEFITS
WILLIAMS KASTNER WELCOMES BRIDGET T. SCHUSTER TO THE SEATTLE OFFICE
Williams Kastner is pleased to announce the addition of Bridget T. Schuster to the Seattle office. Ms. Schuster will join the firm as an Of Counsel...
Williams Kastner Honored with 2018 Bridge to Healing Award
September 12, 2018 ─ Williams Kastner will be honored with the 2018 Bridge to Healing Award at the Safe Crossings Foundation’s (SCF) annual luncheo...
Williams Kastner Member Rodney L. Umberger Selected to USLAW NETWORK’s Executive Committee
During the recent fall USLAW NETWORK Membership Meeting, the 2018-19 USLAW NETWORK Board of Directors was elected. As part of the election, William...
Nine Williams Kastner Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America©
Williams Kastner is pleased to announce that 9 attorneys have been named to the 2019 Best Lawyers in America© . Receiving recognition are: Gary L...
Williams Kastner Member Appointed to Superior Court Bench
The firm congratulates Williams Kastner Member, Marshall Ferguson, on his appointment by Governor Inslee to the King County Superior Court. Marsha...
Fifteen Williams Kastner Attorneys Named to 2018 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Lists
The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Announces Sheryl J. Willert Inducted as Fellow
WASHINGTON, DC (June 9, 2018) — The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers is proud to announce the election of Sheryl J. Willert of Williams Kast...
WASHINGTON FEDERAL COURT FINDS NO BAD FAITH FOR INSURER’S FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ROOFER’S TENDER WHEN INSURED CANNOT SHOW HARM
WASHINGTON FEDERAL COURT REJECTS INSURANCE FAIR CONDUCT ACT CLAIM ABSENT EVIDENCE OF UNREASONABLE DENIAL OF COVERAGE
ALASKA SUPREME COURT FINDS MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT CLAIMANT WAS NOT “OCCUPYING” INSURED’S VEHICLE TO SEEK UIM COVERAGE UNDER INSURED’S POLICY
Enforcing The Surety’s Rights To The Defaulting Principal’s Contract Funds On Federal Projects: A Step-By-Step Guide to Navigating the FAR
WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT FINDS THAT EXCLUSIVE MEANS OF SERVICE FOR AUTHORIZED FOREIGN INSURER IS THROUGH WASHINGTON STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER
WASHINGTON COURT FINDS NO BAD FAITH DESPITE PROLONGED CLAIM RECONCILIATION PERIOD
Quarterly Newsletter Spring 2018 An insurer’s excessively low claim settlement offer can give rise to a claim under Washington’s Insura...
OREGON FEDERAL COURT FINDS NO BREACH OF DUTY OF GOOD FAITH DESPITE INSURER’S BREACH OF CONTRACT
Quarterly Newsletter Spring 2018 In a recent decision, an Oregon Court rejected an insurer’s position that the terms “surface water” an...
WASHINGTON/OREGON DOCTRINE OF EQUITABLE SUBROGATION: ARE INDEMNITY AGREEMENTS NECESSARY?
Surety Law Update Spring 2018 In recent years, some sureties have waived the need for a signed indemnity agreement usually for smaller,...
WASHINGTON COURT OF APPEALS DISMISSES OREGON CONTRACTOR’S LAWSUIT FOR FAILURE TO SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLY WITH CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE WASHINGTON PUBLIC WORKS STATUTE
Surety Law Update Spring 2018 In early 2018, Senate Bill 6428 and its counterpart, House Bill 2852, were introduced for consideration a...
NEW TAX LAW IMPACTS CONFIDENTIAL SEXUAL HARASSMENT SETTLEMENTS
SEATTLE, WA (January 26, 2018) — On December 22, 2017, in a little known and almost completely unpublicized action, the United States Congress quie...
NEW TAX LAW IMPACTS CONFIDENTIAL SEXUAL HARASSMENT SETTLEMENTS
SEATTLE, WA (January 26, 2018) — On December 22, 2017, in a little known and almost completely unpublicized action, the United States Congress quie...
WASHINGTON PAID SICK LEAVE LAW EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018
SEATTLE, WA (January 12, 2018) — Beginning January 1, 2018, all employers doing business in Washington are required to provide most of their employ...
Williams Kastner Announces 2018 New Members
December 29, 2017 ─ Williams Kastner is pleased to announce that three new Members will be admitted to the firm, effective January 1, 2018. Earning...
FMCSA Form BMC-84 Bond Claims
Surety Law Update Winter 2017 In October 2013, Public Law 112-141 (commonly known as “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act...
WASHINGTON COURT FINDS NO BAD FAITH DESPITE INCORRECT ASSESSMENT BY INSURER ON COVERAGE ISSUES
Quarterly Newsletter Winter 2017 Insurers and policyholders are often faced with a situation of whether depreciation may be recovered w...
WASHINGTON COURT LIMITS DISCOVERY OF INSURER’S CLAIMS-HANDLING MANUALS AND GUIDELINES FOR UNRELATED LINES OF COVERAGE
The Responsibility of Corporate America Post 2016 Presidential Elections
The 2016 presidential campaigns and ultimate election of Donald Trump has caused a significant portion of the United States population to express d...
Washington’s New Uniform Power of Attorney Act: Surety Underwriters Beware
Surety Law Update Winter 2017 A power of attorney is an incredibly powerful document that permits an individual (the “principal”) to ap...
Judgment Lien May Survive A Chapter 7 Discharge
Surety Law Update Winter 2017 In general, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy results in a discharge of pre-petition debts owed by an individual deb...
WASHINGTON COURT OF APPEALS REFUSES TO ALLOW PRODUCTION OF POST-LITIGATION COMMUNICATION BETWEEN INSURER AND COVERAGE COUNSEL IN DEFENSE OF UIM CLAIM
Miller, Spaulding v. Sawant
Detectives Miller and Spaulding have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community. Many people have sent messages with kind wo...
Hunter Abell Named to the 40 Under 40 List
Williams Kastner is pleased to announce that Hunter Abell, a member in the Seattle office, has been chosen as a Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Und...
Fifteen Williams Kastner Attorneys Named to 2017 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Lists
USLAW Spring / Summer 2017 – THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS
Parties to construction contracts have historically used indemnity clauses to shift the responsibility to pay damages from one party (the indemnite...
WASHINGTON APPELLATE COURT FINDS INSURER NOT COLLATERALLY ESTOPPED FROM CONTESTING LIABILITY ISSUES IN DECLARATORY JUDGMENT ACTION
OREGON COURT OF APPEALS RENDERS IMPORTANT DECISION ON VARIOUS COVERAGE ISSUES ARISING OUT OF CONSTRUCTION DEFECT LAWSUIT
Amendments to Washington’s Retainage Statute Expose Sureties to Additional Risk
Surety Law Update Summer 2017 In February 2017, the Surety Team at Williams, Kastner & Gibbs wrote an article regarding a proposed ...
Washington Supreme Court Decision Exposes Sureties to Increased Risk for Disputing Claims
SURETY LAW UPDATE SUMMER 2017 On July 6, 2017, the Washington State Supreme Court addressed two important issues for sureties in Washin...
Washington State Court of Appeals Misstates Basic Surety Law Involving Release of Lien Bond Claim
Surety Law Update Summer 2017 Washington’s Release of Lien Bond statute, RCW 60.04.161, allows a property owner or contractor to “relea...
Eliot Harris Appointed to Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Board of Directors
Williams Kastner proudly announces that Seattle member Eliot Harris has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Washington Chapter of the In...
ALASKA SUPREME COURT FINDS DUTY OWED BY LIABILITY INSURER TO THIRD-PARTY CLAIMANT
Quarterly Newsletter Spring 2017 Over the years, policyholders and their attorneys have sought to assert tort claims directly against l...
Washington Supreme Court Limits the Scope of the Insurance Fair Conduct Act
Surety Law Update Spring 2017 Recently, the Washington Supreme Court narrowly interpreted the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (“IFCA”), limi...
Washington State Legislative Alert: 2017 Regular Session
Surety Law Update Spring 2017 On January 17, 2017, the Senate introduced Bill No. 5222 for referral to the Committee on Commerce, Labor...
Sheryl Willert and Jerry Rubin Participate in PSBJ Thought Leader Forum
Williams Kastner attorneys, Sheryl Willert and Jerry Rubin, recently participated in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Thought Leader Forum on Imm...
Regulatory Hurdles and Safety Considerations Remaining for Autonomous Trucks
Introduction In case you missed it, news of the advance of driverless transportation technology abounds. Amazon made its first drone delivery on De...
Williams Kastner Welcomes Jerome Rubin to the Seattle Office
January 1, 2017 (Seattle, WA) – Williams Kastner is pleased to announce the addition of leading labor and employment attorney Jerome Rubin to the S...
Williams Kastner Adds Eleven Attorneys To Portland Office
Beginning on January 1, 2017, the lawyers of the Portland-based firm of Greene & Markley will join forces with the Pacific Northwest law firm o...
Williams Kastner Announces 2017 New Members
December 1, 2016 ─ Williams Kastner is pleased to announce the new attorneys to be admitted to the firm’s membership, effective January 1, 2017. Ea...
Williams Kastner Welcomes Steven Cade to the Portland Office
November 1, 2016 (Portland, OR) – Williams Kastner is pleased to announce the addition of Steven Cade to the Portland office. Mr. Cade will join th...
Defending Nighttime Trucking Accidents
A recent trend has emerged in which plaintiff lawyers attempt to turn every nighttime accident into a case of driver fatigue, poor maintenance, and...
Arley Harrel Elected to University of Washington Alumni Association Board of Trustees
Arley Harrel, a member in the Seattle office and member of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group, was recently elected to the Board of Trus...
Sheryl Willert Recognized in Puget Sound Business Journal
Sheryl Willert, a member in Williams Kastner’s Seattle office and the firm’s former Managing Director, was recognized in Puget Sound Business Journ...
WASHINGTON FEDERAL COURT FINDS NO “OCCURRENCE” UNDER HOMEOWNERS’ POLICY BASED ON INSURED’S VIOLATION OF CONDOMINIUM BYLAWS
IDAHO SUPREME COURT RULES ANTI-STACKING CLAUSE IN INSURANCE POLICY IS AMBIGUOUS
Quarterly Newsletter Fall 2016 Insurers seeking to limit their liability may include so-called “anti-stacking” language in their polici...
WASHINGTON COURT FINDS NO “COLLAPSE” COVERAGE DESPITE ENGINEER’S OPINION THAT BUILDING COULD NOT SUPPORT REQUIRED LOADS UNDER THE BUILDING CODE
WASHINGTON APPELLATE COURT EXPANDS APPLICATION OF IMPLIED WAIVER OF ATTORNEY-CLIENT COMMUNICATIONS DURING DISCOVERY FOR REASONABLENESS HEARING FOLLOWING A COVENANT JUDGMENT
ALASKA FEDERAL COURT REFUSES TO NARROWLY DEFINE CONTRACTOR IN INTERPRETING AN EXCLUSION
Quarterly Newsletter Fall 2016 In a recent opinion, Judge John Sedwick of United States District Court for the District of Alaska refus...
OREGON SUPREME COURT BARS INSURER FROM LITIGATING COVERAGE ISSUES IN SUBSEQUENT LAWSUIT FOLLOWING VERDICT IN UNDERLYING CONSTRUCTION DEFECT LAWSUIT
USLAW NETWORK Board of Directors Announced
CORAL SPRINGS, FL (Sept. 29, 2016) The 2016-17 USLAW Board of Directors was determined during the annual member meeting in Colorado Springs, Colora...
Williams Kastner assists surety in defeating indemnitor’s bad faith and CPA counterclaims.
Surety Law Update Summer 2016 Williams Kastner’s Construction Litigation & Surety Practices Team is proud to announce that it recen...
Bankruptcy and the Surety – Now What?
Surety Law Update Summer 2016 “We received notice that a bankruptcy was filed related to XYZ Project.” These words can cause fear and c...
Sheryl Willert Quoted in The Seattle Times
Sheryl Willert, a member in Williams Kastner’s Seattle office, was quoted in The Seattle Times article titled “How To Handle Inappropriate Remarks ...
In Memoriam – Jerry Creim
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague, mentor, and friend, Jerry Creim, on June 22, 2016. He was 59. Jerry sta...
Ten Williams Kastner Attorneys Named to 2016 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Lists
SEATTLE, WA (June 13, 2016) — Williams Kastner is pleased to announce that 10 attorneys have been named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2016....
CD CLAIMS FROM THE PERSPECTIVES OF THE INSURER AND THE POLICYHOLDER
Quarterly Newsletter Summer 2016 This article aims to provide a brief overview of common insurance-coverage issues in construction-defe...
WASHINGTON COURT DENIES CLASS CERTIFICATION FOR PUNITIVE CLASS ACTION REGARDING COVERAGE FOR DIMINISHED VALUE
WASHINGTON COURT FINDS NO DUTY TO DEFEND FOR “BODILY INJURY” OR “PROPERTY DAMAGE” THAT HAS NOT YET OCCURRED DESPITE ALLEGATION THAT SUCH DAMAGES ARE LIKELY TO OCCUR IN THE FUTURE
WASHINGTON FEDERAL COURT DECLINES TO RULE ON WHETHER NEGLIGENT CLAIM HANDLING AND BAD FAITH CLAIMS ARE DISTINCT CAUSES OF ACTION UNDER WASHINGTON LAW
MONTANA FEDERAL COURT FINDS NO COVERAGE FOR STAND-ALONE CLAIMS BY HEIRS OF DECEASED EMPLOYEE WHO WAS INJURED FROM EXCLUDED CAUSE OF LOSS
WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT UNANIMOUSLY FINDS NO COVERAGE FOR WATER DAMAGE IN VACANT BUILDING UNDER ENDORSEMENT IN COMMERCIAL PROPERTY POLICY
WASHINGTON FEDERAL COURT ALLOWS DECLARATORY JUDGMENT ACTION AGAINST EXCESS INSURER TO CONTINUE DESPITE LACK OF EXHAUSTION OF UNDERLYING POLICY LIMIT
WASHINGTON FEDERAL COURT REFUSES TO EXTEND COVERAGE TO SPOUSE OF NAMED INSURED WHEN NOT QUALIFIED AS AN “INSURED” UNDER PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY POLICY
WASHINGTON COURT DISMISSES BAD FAITH AND IFCA CLAIMS WHEN INSURED DID NOT PROPERLY OR TIMELY DISCLOSE ALLEGED DAMAGES TO UIM INSURER
WASHINGTON FEDERAL COURT DENIES INSURER’S ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE WASHINGTON COURTS, BUT FINDS THAT EXTRA-CONTRACTUAL CLAIMS ARE GOVERNED BY LAWS OF ANOTHER STATE
Adam Rosenberg Recognized With IMLA Amicus Service Award
On Friday, April 15th, 2016 at its Mid-Year Seminar in Washington, D.C., IMLA recognized Adam Rosenberg of Williams Kastner and Dan Lloyd from the ...
Williams Kastner Adds Surety and Construction Attorneys
April 12, 2016 (Seattle, WA) – Williams Kastner is pleased to announce the addition of three highly-regarded local attorneys led by Alexander A. Fr...
IT’S more OF A GUIDELINE THAN A CODE: WASHINGTON FEDERAL COURT DISMISSES BAD FAITH CLAIMS AGAINST INSURER THAT ENFORCED ITS LITIGATION MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES AGAINST DEFENSE COUNSEL
IN A QUESTION OF FIRST IMPRESSION, ALASKA SUPREME COURT FINDS THAT INSURERS CANNOT SEEK REIMBURSEMENT OF DEFENSE COSTS EVEN WHEN POLICY ALLOWS IT AND INSURER RESERVED RIGHTS TO LATER SEEK REIMBURSEMENT
WASHINGTON FEDERAL COURT OPENS DOOR FOR OTHERWISE TIME-BARRED BAD FAITH CLAIM UNDER WASHINGTON’S CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT
WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT FINDS THAT UIM POLICY COVERS INJURIES CAUSED BY DRIVE-BY SHOOTING CONSTITUTE “ACCIDENT ARISING OUT OF OWNERSHIP, USE OR OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE”
WASHINGTON FEDERAL COURT CLARIFIES DISCOVERY OF ATTORNEY-CLIENT COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN INSURERS AND COVERAGE COUNSEL UNDER CEDELL
Williams Kastner Expands Pacific Northwest Presence With Opening Of Office In Sitka, Alaska
March 30, 2016 (Seattle, WA) –Williams Kastner is pleased to announce the expansion of our Pacific Northwest footprint with the opening of our Sitk...
Williams Kastner Welcomes Eliot Harris to the Seattle Office
February 22, 2016 (Seattle, WA) –Williams Kastner is pleased to announce the addition of Eliot Harris to the Seattle office. Mr. Harris will join t...
Williams Kastner Announces 2016 New Members
December 29, 2015 ─ Williams Kastner is pleased to announce that four new members will be admitted to the firm, effective January 1, 2016. Earning ...
Williams Kastner Welcomes Adam Rosenberg to its Seattle Office
September 15, 2015 (Seattle, WA) – The law firm of Williams Kastner is pleased to announce the addition of Adam L. Rosenberg as a member in its Sea...
Williams Kastner New Portland Office Location
July 1, 2015 (Portland, OR) – Williams Kastner is pleased to announce our new Portland office location. Effective July 1st our new address is: 1001...
Twenty-One Williams Kastner Attorneys Named to 2015 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Lists
SEATTLE, WA (June 15, 2015) — Williams Kastner is pleased to announce that 21 attorneys have been named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2015....
Williams Kastner Expands Seattle Office
April 1, 2015 (Seattle, WA) – Williams Kastner is pleased to announce the addition of four highly-regarded local attorneys led by John G. Young, fo...
William Kastner Assists Surety in Defeating Major Bad Faith Claim
April 20, 2015 (Seattle) – On March 17, 2015, Todd Blischke and his associate Meredith Dishaw of Williams Kastner defeated what is believed to be t...
Labor & Employment Alert – Title VII and Gender Identity Discrimination
Washington has always been on the cutting edge of employment law, expanding the boundaries of employee protections. For example, Washington has exp...
Williams Kastner Named to 2015 Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”
SEATTLE, WA (November 10, 2014) — Williams Kastner is pleased to announce that it has been named to the 2015 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News an...
Portland Attorneys Bowl in Support of Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO)
David Campbell and Tom Ped from the Williams Kastner Portland office participated in the annual BOWLIO event on November 1, 2014 at the AMF Pro 300...
Construction Law Newsletter – Construction Requirements for Medical Marijuana Facilities
Cardholders under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program can obtain medical marijuana from registered facilities. Medical marijuana facilities are st...
Charles Duan Featured in UW LAW magazine
Charles Duan, the managing partner of Duan & Duan who has served for several years as Williams Kastner’s strategic legal consultant for Chinese...
Rodney Umberger Elected to USLAW Network Board of Directors
September 29, 2014 (Seattle, WA) – Rodney Umberger, a member in the Seattle office and chair of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group, was ...
Eight Williams Kastner Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers for 2015
SEATTLE, WA (August 25, 2014) — Williams Kastner is pleased to announce that nine attorneys have been named to the list of 2015 Best Lawyers in Am...
Sheryl Willert Quoted in The Recorder Article
Sheryl Willert, a member in Williams Kastner’s Seattle office, was recently quoted in a The Recorder article titled “Yahoo Fights Fire With Fire in...
Alphabet Soup – A Few Things You Need to Know: Developments in Federal Laws That May Have Applicability to Public Sector Employees
Twenty-Seven Williams Kastner Attorneys Named to 2014 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Lists
SEATTLE, WA (June 16, 2014) — Williams Kastner is pleased to announce that 27 attorneys have been named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2014....
Williams Kastner Welcomes Todd Blischke to its Seattle Office
May 19, 2014 (Seattle, WA) – The law firm of Williams Kastner is pleased to announce the addition of Todd W. Blischke as a member in its Seattle of...
USLAW Spring / Summer 2014 – The Duty to Defend: When Does it End?
Insurers must often provide a defense to a policyholder on the barest of allegations, but at least in some jurisdictions, there can be rest for the...
Sheryl Willert Honored with Most Powerful & Influential Women Award by Washington Diversity Council
Williams Kastner Case Highlighted in Recent Issue of ABA’s The Brief
Vision One, LLC v. Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co., in which Williams Kastner represented the respondents, was recently quoted in the Spring 2...
Rod Umberger Quoted in Law360 Article
Rod Umberger, a Member in Williams Kastner’s Seattle office, was recently quoted in a Law360 article titled “5 Threats Keeping GCs of Midsize Compa...
Sheryl Willert Quoted in Seattle Times Article
Sheryl Willert, a member in Williams Kastner’s Seattle office, was recently quoted in a The Seattle Times article titled “Religious nonprofits can ...