Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Payouts on lawsuits and other legal claims cost Washington taxpayers nearly $60 million in fiscal year 2015. That’s according to a state report issued Thursday.

U.S. Army

Two psychologists who worked for the Air Force out of Spokane are being sued by the American Civil Liberties union. 

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled a lawsuit against can move forward. The six-to-three ruling means the lawsuit can proceed in Pierce County Superior Court.

Lawsuits against the Washington Department of Natural of Resources and Snohomish County over the deadly Oso landslide can go forward.

Group Challenges Public Employee Unions With Lawsuit

Aug 14, 2015

An Olympia-based libertarian group called the Freedom Foundation is laying down stakes in Oregon by filing a lawsuit against the state’s largest public employee union.

ACLU Sues Idaho Over Public Defense System

Jun 17, 2015

The American Civil Liberties Union says Idaho’s public defense system is defective and unconstitutional.  The ACLU is now suing the state over the issue.

The civil rights group contends that Idaho officials have known for at least five years that high caseloads, low budgets and a system that changes from county to county means that low-income defendants aren't being fairly represented in court.

The ACLU says the system consistently denies defendants’ rights guaranteed in the US Constitution’s 6th amendment. 


A new lawsuit in Idaho claims the same legal argument that paved the way for gay marriage in the state should also make it illegal to refuse to hire gay people.

An Oregon judge has proposed awarding a same-sex couple $135,000 in damages after a bakery refused to make a cake for their wedding.

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The Washington State Supreme Court is weighing changes to the way farmworkers get paid. At issue are rest breaks, just 10 or 20 minutes out of the workday. The verdict could have far-reaching impacts on the state’s fruit industry.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has accused a mobile home park owner of a scheme to evade inspections.