HeadsUp for Washington State: Court Opinions From Tuesday, March 4, 2014

HeadsUp for Washington State: Court Opinions From Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 


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Division Two of the Court of Appeals filed 3 new published opinions and Division Three filed no new opinions on Tuesday, March 4, 2014:

1. Richert v. Tacoma Power Util. 
No. 43825-9
(March 4, 2014)
2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 473 (lexis.com)

2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 473 (Lexis Advance)

Areas: COURTS; GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW; PROPERTY AND LAND USE LAW

Brief: In this class action lawsuit for property damage caused by increased water flow, City of Tacoma v. Funk, No. 1651 (Mason County Super. Ct., Sept. 11, 1920)—a 1920 condemnation action in which the City of Tacoma condemned the plaintiffs' riparian and water rights so as to allow Tacoma to build two dams on the Skokomish River—did not preclude the plaintiffs' claims for flood and groundwater damage as a matter of law, because Tacoma failed to meet its burden of proving that the plaintiffs' claims have a concurrence of identity with Funk's final judgment.

2. Robbins, Geller, Rudman & Dowd, LLP v. State
No. 44520-4 
(March 4, 2014)
2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 469 (lexis.com)

2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 469 (Lexis Advance)

Areas: COURTS; GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

Brief: The trial court erred in permanently enjoining the Washington Attorney General's Office (AGO) from releasing records requested under the Public Records Act, chapter 42.56 RCW, because the law firm failed to prove that any exemption under the Act protected information it submitted to the AGO seeking eligibility  to provide future securities litigation and related services to the Washington State Investment Board.

3. Jumamil v. Lakeside Casino, LLC 
No. 43620-5
(March 4, 2014)
2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 468 (lexis.com)

2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 468 (Lexis Advance) 

Areas: EMPLOYMENT LAW

Brief: A manager of a limited liability company (LLC) is liable for improper wage withholding only where he or she knowingly participated in the wrongful withholding. Because the LLC manager in this case failed to release the employee's withheld wages after learning about the casino's dealer support policy, he knowingly and willfully withheld her wages in violation of RCW 49.52.070. Accordingly, the Court of Appeals reverses summary judgment as to the manager, holds him liable for willful wage withholding, and remands for an entry of costs and reasonable attorney fees against the manager under RCW 49.52.070. The Court of Appeals also reverses the summary dismissal of the manager and a supervisor from the employee's wage rebating claim and remands for further proceedings because there are genuine issues of material fact regarding whether the manager and supervisor collected or received a rebate of the employee's wages.

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