William Knowles

William Knowles

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Washington Bars Insurers from Maintaining Legal Malpractice Suit Against Policyholder Defense Counsel

In Stewart Title Guar. Co. v. Sterling Savings Bank, et al., Wash. No. 87087-0 (October 3, 2013), the Washington Supreme Court held that a nonclient insurer may not pursue a malpractice claim against appointed defense counsel...more

11/14/2013 - Attorney Malpractice Duty of Care Duty to Disclose Insurers Third-Party Liability

Washington’s Counties Face Potential Liability for Citizen’s Drunken, Reckless Driving

In a case widely reported by the national media, the Washington State Supreme Court recently ruled that a governmental entity may face liability for faulty road design that leads to injuries in car crashes, even when the...more

8/19/2013 - Car Accident Distracted Driving DUI Infrastructure Liability Roads

Washington Supreme Court: Insurers May Not Reserve the Right to Seek Reimbursement of Non-covered Defense Costs

The Washington Supreme Court joined a minority of jurisdictions that hold that insurers may not unilaterally reserve the right to seek reimbursement for defense costs paid in defending non-covered claims through a reservation...more

3/18/2013 - Excess Policies Insurers Legal Costs Medicare Prejudice Prescription Drugs Reimbursements Reservation of Rights Umbrella Policies

Washington Court: Firearms Exclusion Excludes Coverage for Pre-Shooting Negligence and Shooting Claims

In Capitol Specialty Insurance v. JBC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., et al., No. 68129-0-I, 2012 Wash. App. LEXIS 2835 (Ct. App. Dec. 10, 2012), the Washington Court of Appeals held a firearms exclusion in a commercial general...more

12/19/2012 - Commercial General Liability Policies Exclusions Firearms Negligence

Collectibility in Legal Malpractice Suits – A Required Element in Proving Damages: Schmidt v. Coogan

In Schmidt v. Coogan, No. 41279-9-II, 2012 WL 5331567 (October 30, 2012), the Washington Court of Appeals held that (1) collectibility is a required component in determining legal malpractice damages and (2) the failure to...more

11/13/2012 - Attorney Malpractice Damages

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