Appeals Court Says Dollar Award Alone Does Not Define Prevailing Party

SEATTLE - An award at trial equal to what the defendant had agreed to pay in arbitration does not make a plumbing company the prevailing party under the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) or the mechanics lien statute, a Washington appeals court ruled Aug. 6, affirming a trial judge's award of attorney fees to the defendant (Plumb Serve, LLC, v. Viola M. Scoby et al.,  No. 65459-4-I, Wash. App., Div. 1; 2012 Wash. App. LEXIS 1847).

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