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Wisconsin: Injuries Sustained in Car Crash After Drinking Spree Were Within Scope of Employment
Posted on 19 May 2016 by Larson's Spotlight

Injuries sustained by a sales manager for a beverage distributor in an auto accident as he and a co-employee returned home at 1:00 a.m., after delivering beer more than six hours earlier to one of their employer’s restaurant customers, and also... Read More

Washington: Widow’s Wrongful Death Action for Husband’s Mesothelioma Barred by Exclusivity
Posted on 26 Sep 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

Washington state courts may not use the “substantially certain” test to determine whether an employer’s actions against an injured worker were intentional, again held the Supreme Court of Washington in a split decision. Accordingly,... Read More

Washington: Gasoline Provided for Company Van Not Part of Injured Employee’s “Wages”
Posted on 10 Oct 2014 by Larson's Spotlight

The value of gasoline provided to an employee for the employee’s use of a company van is not “fuel,” as that term is used in Wash. Rev. Code § 51.08.178, since it is not “critical to the worker’s health or survival,”... Read More

Washington: High Court Defines “Farm Labor Contractor”
Posted on 10 Mar 2016 by Larson's Spotlight

In a class action lawsuit by farmworkers against four corporate defendants, the Supreme Court of Washington answered two certified questions submitted by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Regarding the first question, the Court held that under Wash... Read More

Washington: Firefighter’s Valley Fever Not Compensable as a Respiratory Disease
Posted on 4 Sep 2015 by Larson's Spotlight

A Tacoma firefighter, who contended that he had contracted valley fever after inhaling fungal spores while responding to emergency calls on Interstate 5 in Washington state—he alleged the spores were transported by vehicles traveling north from... Read More