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HeadsUp for Washington State: Court Opinions For Thursday, August 14, 2014


Thursday, August 14, 2014 


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The Supreme Court of Washington filed 2 new opinions and Division Three of the Court of Appeals filed 1 new published opinion on Thursday, August 14, 2014:

Supreme Court:

1. Washington Education Association v. Department of Retirement Systems  
No.   
(August 14, 2014)
2014 Wash. LEXIS 634 (lexis.com)

2014 Wash. LEXIS 634 (Lexis Advance)

Areas: EMPLOYMENT LAW; GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

Brief: Repeal of pension gain sharing did not impair the contract between the State and its employees in violation of U.S. Const. art. I, § 10 or Wash. Const. art. I, § 23 because the gain sharing statutes made provision for the eventual repeal of gain sharing and the reservation clause did not impair any preexisting contract rights.

2. Washington Education Association v. Department of Retirement Systems  
No. 88546-0  
(August 14, 2014)
2014 Wash. LEXIS 633 (lexis.com)

2014 Wash. LEXIS 633 (Lexis Advance)

Areas: EMPLOYMENT LAW; GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

Brief: Repeal of state pension uniform cost of living adjustment did not impair the contract between the State and its employees in violation of U.S. Const. art. I, § 10 or Wash. Const. art. I, § 23 because the legislature reserved the right to repeal the benefit and neither the reservation clause nor the enacting legislation impaired any preexisting contract rights.

Court of Appeals:

Becker v. Community Health Systems, Inc.  
No. 31234-8  
(August 14, 2014)
2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 1982 (lexis.com)

2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 1982 (Lexis Advance)

Areas: EMPLOYMENT LAW; PERSONAL INJURY AND INSURANCE LAW

Brief: The jeopardy element of the claim for wrongful discharge in violation of public policy could be established because the myriad of statutes and regulations did not adequately promote the public policy of honesty in corporate financial reporting. 

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