02/18/2014

"The following is a collection of personal stories and tributes authored by Washington State Association for Justice members honoring the life and career of former Washington State Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers. These tributes and additional dedications appear in the February 2014 edition of WSAJ Trial News (Vol. 49, No. 6):..." Read more >>

10/03/2013

"Many of the nationally known insurance companies are using a formulaic approach to evaluating personal injury claims. They arrive at a very low dollar amount and will not increase their offer even in the face of higher court-ordered arbitration awards to the injured party. When the insurance company appeals an arbitration award to superior court and fails to secure a more favorable result from a jury, the company is required to pay attorneys' fees and costs...." Read more >>

08/23/2013

"Imagine how it would feel to be injured by someone and to then have that person's insurance company proceed to send you the following request:..." Read more >>

04/19/2013

"An attorney representing an injured person cannot state the word "Insurance" during trial, even though the individual who caused the injury has insurance and their insurance company will be paying the verdict. 1 If the word "Insurance" is mentioned, the judge may grant a mistrial and the injured person's case will have to be tried over again at great cost. This rule exists because the insurance industry has aggressively lobbied our legislature and legal system in creating court rules that prevent injury attorneys from telling the jury the following truth: The person who caused the injury is required by their insurance company to sit in the defendant's chair during trial, when, in reality, it is the insurance company that is sitting in the defendant's chair. Even if the individual wants to offer fair compensation to the injured person for their medical expenses and future care costs, the insurance company won't offer the money if it does not wish to do so. The policy for this rule is that jurors would issue larger verdicts knowing that an insurance company is paying and not a person. Therefore, at these trials, there can never be mention of Allstate, State Farm, Geico, Progressive, Farmers, or any other insurance company. ..." Read more >>

01/23/2013

"During our last trial, we had a potential juror cite the "McDonald's coffee case" (i.e., Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants) as an example of a frivolous tort lawsuit. "Hot Coffee" is a documentary that discusses the actual facts of the case. Listed below is a short synopsis of the case and film (see http://www.hotcoffeethemovie.com/default.asp?pg=mcdonalds_case for the original content):..." Read more >>

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