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June 26th, 2012

NBF attorneys Curt H. Feig and Michael A. Guadagno obtained summary judgment of dismissal of all claims against their clients in McDonald v. Farmers Insurance Company of Washington.  Plaintiffs submitted a claim to Farmers after they suffered theft of their medical marijuana plants.  Farmers denied the claim arguing that plaintiffs lacked an insurable interest in their medical marijuana, because it is illegal under federal law.  The court granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment holding that plaintiffs were unable to establish the fair market value of their medical marijuana, because Washington law prohibits the sale thereof rendering no “market value” for the same.

June 19th, 2012

NBF attorneys Curt H. Feig and Chris P. Reilly obtained a victory for their client in Division III of the Court of Appeals.  In November 2010, the Spokane County Superior Court dismissed all claims against their client arising from allegations of breach of a commercial lease and personal injuries.  Following dismissal of those claims, the plaintiffs appealed.  Division III of the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision dismissing all claims against Messrs. Feig’s and Reilly’s client.


May 8th, 2012

NBF attorney Chris P. Reilly obtained a victory for his client Castle Fisheries, Inc. and Dan Castle in Anchorage Superior Court. On December 29, 2011, an arbitrator ruled in favor of Chris’s clients in a property damage dispute related to the 2010 Sitka sac roe herring fishery. The dispute was arbitrated over three days in December 2011. The arbitration award was confirmed by Anchorage Superior Court Judge Mark Rindner.

May 5th, 2012

NBF attorneys Larry E. Altenbrun and Chris P. Reilly have been approved and certified by the U.S. Maritime Law Association as a “Proctor in Admiralty,” which is the highest category of membership in the MLA.

May 5th, 2012

NBF attorney Rivers Black has been selected for membership of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association.

April 24th, 2012

NBF attorneys Christopher W. Nicoll, Rivers Black, and Larry E. Altenbrun attended the annual meeting of the Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association, held in New Orleans.

April 6th, 2012

NBF attorney Christopher W. Nicoll provided the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association with a presentation on the topic of marine insurance at its annual insurance law meeting in Seattle.

March 15th, 2012

NBF attorney Chris P. Reilly provided the Puget Sound Maritime Claim’s Association with a presentation on the topic of subrogation at their monthly meeting in Seattle.

March 14th, 2012

NBF welcomes Thomas J. Braun and Michael A. Guadagno as the newest members of the firm.

March 1st, 2012

NBF attorney Larry E. Altenbrun successfully completed his tenure as 2011 President of the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle.