Washington State Supreme Court Rejects Patient Pre-Filing Requirement

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The Washington State Supreme Court struck down a law requiring 90 days' notice to doctors before filing suit against them.

The court decided that the law violated the doctrine of "separation of powers", the idea that the three branches of the government--the courts, the governor, and the legislature--have defined roles and should not interfere with each other. Because the law imposed more restrictions than a Washington court rule, the court held that the law impermissibly interfered with the judicial branch's rules.

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