On May 10, 2021, and largely through the advocacy of the Washington State Hospital Association (WISHA), Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 5271. The bill amended the…Read More
Hermanson v. MultiCare: Washington Supreme Court clarifies scope of corporate attorney-client privilege and application of Loudon rule.
Over 20 years ago, the Washington Supreme Court announced in Loudon v. Myhre that, in order to protect the patient-physician relationship, defense counsel cannot have what it called “ex parte”…Read More
Coolen v. Group Health – Division II holds that the defendant hospital did not have a duty to adopt policies and procedures for methods of screening illnesses.
On August 18, 2020, Division II of the Court of Appeals issued unpublished opinion Coolen v. Group Health Cooperative, 2020 WL 4784849, addressing the contours of the Corporate Negligence Doctrine…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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:…Read More
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 issued Ehrhart v. King County, 2020 WL 1649891, which addressed the contours and applicability of the public duty doctrine, a doctrine of…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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”…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
On February 2, 2017, the Supreme Court of Washington issued a unanimous opinion in Dunnington v. Virginia Mason Med. Ctr.Read More
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.Read More
On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (“Act”) into law with large bipartisan support.Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
On December 1, 2015, several significant changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect.Read More
On March 12, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court approved of the use of an “exercise of judgment”…Read More