Gay Rights
5:07 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Judge Orders Oregon Baker To Pay $135,000 In Discrimination Case

An Oregon judge has awarded a same-sex couple $135,000 after a bakery refused to make a cake for their wedding. The bakeryha since closed their storefront but is still in business online.

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:04 pm

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

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Piece Work Breaks
7:33 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Washington Supreme Court Weighs Changes To Orchard Piece Work Rest Breaks

Workers who brought a case against Sakuma Brothers farms look on as the State Supreme Court hears arguments in Toppenish.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest Public Radio


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.

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Mobile Home Lawsuit
7:28 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Cockroaches, Bedbugs, Mold Alleged In Central Washington Mobile Home Park Lawsuit

This photo shows the condition of one of the mobile homes at the Sun & Sand Mobile Home Park in Mattawa, Washington.
Washington Attorney General's office

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 5:27 pm

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

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Measure 92
5:51 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Amid Recount, Measure 92 Supporters File Suit To Halt Certification Of Vote

Yes on 92 campaign manager Paige Richardson spoke at a Portland press conference announcing the Measure 92 lawsuit.
Credit KATU

Supporters of a food labeling measure in Oregon sought a court order to block the certification of the election results. The group filed a request for a temporary injunction Monday.

Measure 92 would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods. It fell just 800 votes short in the November election.

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Human Trafficking Lawsuit
6:26 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Backpage Case

Anti-human trafficking activists rally at the Washington Supreme Court before oral arguments in a case involving
Credit Northwest News Network


The fate of a human trafficking lawsuit against is now in the hands of the Washington Supreme Court. The justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that involves three underage victims of sex trafficking.

The lawsuit alleges the Washington girls were pimped-out through ads posted to Erik Bauer is a lawyer for the victims. He argues Backpage has created a sex marketplace where human trafficking can flourish.

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Oso Landslide Lawsuits
6:12 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

At Oso Six-Month Anniversary, Lawsuit, Legal Claims Ongoing

A head-on view of the damage still left after the Oso landslide.
Credit Snohomish County / Flickr

43 people lost their lives in the Oso landslide in March. The six-month anniversary is Monday, September 22nd. So far, nearly 60 legal claims have been filed against the state of Washington stemming from the slide.

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Age Discrimination Lawsuit
6:09 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Age Discrimination Lawsuit Leaves Wounds In Seniors-Only Retirement Haven

Ryderwood's place in history is noted as you enter the town, pop. 400.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

When you approach your golden years, who doesn't look forward to peace and quiet surrounded by a supportive community? That desire led some retirees to relocate to a tiny town deep in the woods of southwest Washington. Ryderwood bills itself as the nation's first seniors-only retirement village. But the tranquility that lured people there went missing during a long and divisive lawsuit. The case questioned whether this 400 or so strong community could be so exclusive. It came replete with allegations of shunning, death threats, uncollected garbage and the tossing of a headless rabbit. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on the relief that has followed a settlement.

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Kickstarter Lawsuit
7:24 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Victim Happy That Washington Filed Crowdfunding Lawsuit

One of the victims of an alleged crowdfunding scam says he’s not counting on getting his money back. But he’s glad Washington’s attorney general has filed a consumer protection lawsuit. It’s believed to be the first state action against a crowdfunding project sponsor. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has details.

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Cle Elum Wildfire
7:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

DNR Files Lawsuit In Taylor Bridge Fire

The Washington Department of Natural Resources has filed a lawsuit against two companies it says caused the Taylor Bridge Fire outside Cle Elum, Wash., last summer.
Credit Courtney Flatt / EarthFix

The Washington Department of Natural Resources has filed a lawsuit against two companies it says caused a massive wildfire outside Cle Elum, Washington, last summer.

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Golf Course Lawsuit
6:58 am
Thu May 2, 2013

What A Golf Course Could Mean For Washington’s Groundwater

WSU officials say, even though the university is growing, it’s using less water now than 30 years ago. They say that's due in large part to conservation efforts.
Credit Courtney Flatt / EarthFix

Northwest conservationists are suing Washington State University. They say the groundwater used to irrigate the University’s golf course is draining the region’s aquifer. But this case is about more than just watering the fairways and putting greens. It could change how cities and towns manage water for future development. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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