Sexual Misconduct

In answers to two certified questions from a federal court, the Washington Supreme Court held that a school district can be subject to strict liability for discrimination in places of public accommodation by its employees and, under the meaning of state law protecting people from certain discriminatory practices, intentional sexual misconduct can amount to discrimination. 

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Ferry Services

The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a complaint against the executive director and commissioners of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission brought by individuals who were prohibited from providing intrastate ferry services on Lake Chelan. The commission determined the proposed services would interfere with the current ferry operator’s franchise rights.  

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Court Documents

The Washington Supreme Court vacated a writ of mandamus that compelled a court clerk to comply with a rule the judges of Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Court issued ordering clerks to maintain paper files of court documents. The clerk prefers to maintain the records electronically and prints out a copy of an electric file when a judge requests a paper version.

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