Bennett Bigelow & Leedom, P.S. Welcomes “LEAD-WA” Summer 1L Fellow, Meghan D. Ricci

June 3, 2020 – This year, BB&L partnered with Legal Employers Advancing Diversity in Washington (“LEAD-WA”). The mission of “LEAD-WA” is to foster inclusion and diversity in the practice of…

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Amicus Brief accepted by Supreme Court in Hermanson v. MultiCare Health System.

Bennett Bigelow & Leedom attorneys Mike Madden and David Norman presented an amicus brief to the Washington Supreme Court on behalf of the Washington State Hospital Association, Washington State Medical…

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Fritz v. Rockwood Clinic – Court of Appeals upholds distinction between negligence and informed consent claims.

On April 2, 2020, a unanimous Division III of the Court of Appeals issued Fritz v. Rockwood Clinic, P.S., 2020 WL 1649817, addressing the long-standing rule in Washington that a…

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L.M. v. Hamilton – Supreme Court re-affirms limitation on the application and scope of the Frye test.

On March 21, 2019, the State Supreme Court, en banc, issued L.M. v. Hamilton, 193 Wn.2d 113, 436 P.3d 803 (2019), addressing two requirements for the admission of expert testimony:…

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Ehrhart v. King County – Supreme Court orders summary judgment in favor of the defense under the public duty doctrine.

On April 2, 2020, a unanimous Supreme Court[1] issued Ehrhart v. King County, 2020 WL 1649891, which addressed the contours and applicability of the public duty doctrine, a doctrine of…

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Bennett Bigelow & Leedom, P.S. – “Stay Home – Stay Safe” Order & Our Commitment to You

Bennett Bigelow & Leedom will continue to serve its clients through the closure mandated by Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” Order.  Our firm’s legal services comprise part of…

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Bennett Bigelow & Leedom, P.S. – Response to COVID-19 & Our Commitment to You

Bennett Bigelow & Leedom knows that the majority of its clients are on the front line of the response to COVID-19.  Since Healthcare is our focus, we are here to…

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Dempsey v. Spokane Washington Hosp. – Court of Appeals holds draft opinions from experts not discoverable.

On December 14, 2017, Division III of the Court of Appeals issued Estate of Dempsey v. Spokane Washington Hospital Co., 1 Wn. App. 2d 628, 406 P.3d 1162 (2017).  In…

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BB&L Instrumental in Obtaining Dismissal of Toxic Torts Case

February 22, 2018 – In a case involving claimed mesothelioma as a result of talc exposure, shareholders Jennifer Crisera, Bill Leedom, and associate Jenna Goltermann were instrumental as local counsel…

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Limitations on Physician Liability Outside Jurisdiction Strengthened by Washington Supreme Court Ruling

On July 6, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the trial court dismissal of Washington State medical negligence claims against Idaho family physician…

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Court of Appeals Division I Ruling Impacts Liability of “Apparent Manufacturers”

On June 26, 2017, Division I of the Court of Appeals issued Rublee v. Pfizer, Inc., 2017 WL 2734248 (June 26, 2017), where the Court expressly adopted the test from Restatement (Second) of Torts § 400 for when strict liability may be imposed against entities as “apparent manufacturers”…

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In Defense Win, Appeals Court Affirms Outcome Obtained by BB&L Shareholder Jennifer Moore

On May 4, 2017, Division Three of the Court of Appeals of Washington affirmed the partial summary judgment and defense verdict obtained by BB&L partner Jennifer Moore…

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Washington Supreme Court Allows Expert Medical Causation Testimony by ARNPs, Lowering the Bar for Burden of Proof

On April 27, 2017, by unanimous decision, the Washington Supreme Court held that advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) are not per se disqualified from providing expert testimony on proximate causation in medical negligence cases…

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Dangerous Medical Device Manufacturers Owe Legal Duty to Warn Hospital, Washington Supreme Court Holds

On February 9, 2017, the State Supreme Court issued Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

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Washington Supreme Court Ruling Signifies Important Wins for Medical Malpractice Defense

On February 2, 2017, the Supreme Court of Washington issued a unanimous opinion in Dunnington v. Virginia Mason Med. Ctr.

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BB&L Verdict Named to Courtroom View Network’s Top 10 Defense Verdicts of 2016

We are pleased to announce that a major BB&L defense verdict has been selected by Courtroom View Network (CVN) as one of the Top 10 Defense Verdicts of 2016.

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Newly Signed 21st Century Cures Act May Directly Affect Hospitals and Patients

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (“Act”) into law with large bipartisan support.

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Court of Appeals Holds That City Employees Must Produce E-mails of Public Record in Personal Accounts

On November 8, 2016, Division II of the Court of Appeals issued West v. Vermillion…

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BB&L Announces Opening of Spokane Office in 2017

The Directors are proud to announce some exciting additions to the BB&L Team coming in 2017!

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Washington Supreme Court Says Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege Does Not Cover Communications with Former Employees

On October 20, 2016, the Washington Supreme Court issued its 5-4 decision in Newman v. Highland School District…

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Significant Changes Made to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

On December 1, 2015, several significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect.

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The Washington Supreme Court Upholds Use of “Exercise of Judgment” Jury Instruction

On March 12, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court approved of the use of an “exercise of judgment”…

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Can Providers Sue in Federal Court to Challenge Medicaid Rate Cuts?

Can Providers Sue in Federal Court to Challenge Medicaid Rate Cuts?
Supreme Court Punts.

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