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Oct 3, 2018

What to Do After You are Involved in an Accident

Car crashYou are driving home from work after a busy day speeding down the road when, all of a sudden, another car pops out of nowhere right in front of you so you slam on the brakes, but it’s too late and your vehicles smash together. Now what?

STEP 1

Stop the car. You don’t want to make an accident worse by leaving the scene. Aside from it being morally and ethically wrong, leaving the scene … Read more

Aug 29, 2018

Sovereign Immunity – A License for Abuse?

At what point is it no longer appropriate for government officials to hide behind sovereign immunity in order to get away with committing crimes?  Check out a recent abuse of power story involving Alabama sheriffs pocketing funds earmarked to feed inmates leaving inmates underfed and/or fed unfit food.

What is sovereign immunity?

“Sovereign immunity is a legal doctrine that protects a sovereign body (ie, the federal or state government and their respective agencies) from being … Read more

May 10, 2017

Law, Logic and Experience

SidewalkMore than a century ago, Oliver Wendell Holmes observed, “the life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.”   I wonder what Justice Holmes would think of the matter these days when cases come down the pike which seem to run counter to both logic and experience.

For a case in point, consider a report from the Oregonian recently describing how a lawsuit against Washington County for the drowning deaths of four … Read more

Apr 26, 2017

Flying Hotdogs: An Exception to the Baseball Rule

hot-33810_1280If you have ever attended a professional baseball game, you know that the fun includes trying to snag a foul ball which makes its way into the stands. Unfortunately, one fan’s fun can be another fan’s peril.  Every so often, some unsuspecting spectator gets clunked by a foul ball traveling at a speed in excess of 90 mph.  Ouch.  Is a baseball team and/or its stadium operator liable for such injuries?  The answer, almost always, … Read more

Feb 17, 2015

An Injured Seaman’s Rights under Admiralty Law

A seaman who suffers injury while engaged in the service of a vessel has legal remedies which are unavailable to any other worker. Unlike the typical shore-based employee, who is generally limited to workers’ compensation benefits for injuries occurring in the course and scope of his employment, an injured seaman has the following remedies available to him or her:

  1. Maintenance and cure;
  2. A claim against the vessel owner for the vessel’s “unseaworthiness”; and,
  3. A claim
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Dec 7, 2011

Defining the Tort of Wrongful Discharge in Washington: The Interplay of Statutory and Common Law

A recent Washington Supreme Court decision demonstrates how the interaction between administrative and common law is often critically important to the adjudication of employee claims.  Specifically, the court held that an employee has no common law right to a claim of wrongful discharge solely because they are fired for reporting illegal or unsafe conditions of employment where other administrative or legal structures are deemed adequate for protection of the particular public policy which the employee … Read more