In today’s Johnston-Forbes v. Matsunaga decision, the Washington Supreme Court reiterated the rule that expert testimony is admissible if (1) the expert is qualified, (2) the expert relies on theories that are generally accepted in the scientific community, and (3) the testimony would be helpful to the trier of fact. The trial court has to
Jill Bowman regularly handles federal and state court cases and appeals involving a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, including claims brought under federal and state securities laws, state unfair practices laws, business torts, and labor and employment issues. She is a partner of the firm practicing in the Litigation practice group.
In State v. Barton, the Washington Supreme Court examined the mandate found in Article I, section 20 of the Washington State Constitution that criminal defendants “shall be bailable by sufficient sureties.” The Court interpreted the phrase to mean that a criminal defendant has the right to make bail by using a surety, i.e., a third…
Fall-out from Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme continues. The Washington Supreme Court yesterday affirmed the reinstatement of an action brought by a group of Washington investors (FutureSelect) against an investment firm (Tremont) that pooled and fed money into Madoff “feeder funds.” Having lost all of the $195 million it invested with Tremont, FutureSelect also sued Tremont’s corporate parent (Oppenheimer), corporate grandparent (Massachusetts Mutual), and auditor (Ernst & Young), asserting claims for violation of the Washington State Securities Act (WSSA), and various torts. The trial court dismissed the claims on the pleadings. The Court of Appeals reversed in part and affirmed in part; the Washington Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeals.
In Campbell v. State of Washington Employment Security Department, a unanimous Washington Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Department of Employment Security (Department) that a school teacher who quit his job in June 2010, to accompany his wife in February 2011 to Finland on her Fulbright grant, did not qualify for unemployment benefits under RCW 50.20.050(2)(b)(iii) because it was unreasonable to quit seven months before the planned relocation.
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