Verdicts, Settlements, and Decisions

Warren Besco v. City of Longview; No. C15-5493-RJB

Court: U.S. District Court for Western District of Washington at Tacoma Judge: Robert J. Bryan Date Filed: 07/16/2015 Date of Settlement or Verdict: Verdict 11/14/2016; Settlement 12/29/2016 Total Amount of Judgment or Settlement: judgment - $651,206.08 attorney fees - $166,087.50; expenses allowed - $31,094.23 (total attorney fees and expenses = $197.181.73) costs granted = $8,114.78 Basic Facts and Claims: Plaintiff was 30 year employee of city...

Decision: State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers, SCT No. 91615-2 (2017)

Yesterday the Washington Supreme Court issued a decision in State of Washington v. Arlene's Flowers, SCT No. 91615-2. Plaintiffs are a gay couple seeking to buy a floral arrangement from Arlene's Flowers for their wedding.  Arlene's Flowers denied their request based upon their alleged strongly held religious beliefs, and based upon their assertion that floral arrangements are a form of...

Arbitration Decision: David Fredericks v. Amgen, Inc.

Arbitration Decision (JAMS) Arbitrator: Hon. Sharon Armstrong (retired) Date Filed: 10/27/2016 Date of Decision: 06/01/2016 Total Amount of Judgment or Settlement: $2.1 million Basic Facts and Claims: Mr. Fredericks had been a Director of Quality Assurance when he suffered a closed head injury in a taxi accident while on a business trip for Amgen in Japan. The arbitrator ruled that Amgen failed to accommodate...

Jury Decision: Clemens v. Qwest

Court: W.D. Washington at Seattle Judge: James P. Donohue Date Filed: 09/05/2013 Date of Verdict: 12/10/2014 Total Amount of Judgment: $760,816 Basic Facts and Claims: Plaintiff had been a technician for Qwest for many years when he encouraged another black employee to complain about race discrimination. Thereafter he was disciplined for alleged misconduct and performance issues, complained of retaliation, and was terminated. He claimed...

Jury Decision: Petrov v. Hebert Research et al.

Court: W.D. Wash. Judge: James Robart Date filed: May 20, 2014 Date of verdict: August 7, 2015 Total amount of judgment: $650,000 Basic facts and claims: Plaintiff is white and Bulgarian earning $12.50 per hour as a janitor/maintenance worker. The employer told him to take ESL classes; he said there was a waiting list and was fired. The employer also deducted $190 from his...

Jury Decision in Elliott v. BNSF Railway Co.

W.D. Wash. at Tacoma Judge Ronald Leighton Filed: January 17, 2014 Verdict: June 30, 2015 Total amount of judgment: $1,250,000 verdict, $423,625 in costs & fees Plaintiff was a 16-year veteran locomotive engineer. He lodged multiple safety complaints with the Railway about the signal system between Tacoma and Vancouver, first to the employer and then to regulators. The employer fired him for alleged assault,...

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