Class Action Litigation
We represent clients in a wide variety of class-action cases, including environmental nuisance, securities fraud, and inverse condemnation. We have been named class counsel in the case of Franciscan Medical Group v. Premera, involving claims of improper claims practices. We helped preserve the class-action remedy by defeating arbitration clauses contained in medical provider contracts before the Washington Supreme Court in Kruger v. Regence BlueShield, 157 Wn.2d 290, 138 P.3d 936 (2006). We represented the City of Tacoma in a $6 billion class-action lawsuit brought by the Skokomish Indian Tribe, who claimed that the City had violated the Tribe's treaty fishing rights when it constructed the Cushman Dam project in 1927. Those claims were successfully defeated, but not until the case was argued before an en banc panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and a Petition for Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court was successfully resisted.