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May 14th, 2013

NBF attorneys Chris Nicoll and Noah Jaffe co-authored an amicus brief submitted to the Washington Supreme Court on behalf of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association in Washburn, et al. v. City of Federal Way. The case involves wrongful death damages that were assessed against the City of Federal Way after a jury trial of allegations that the City was liable for the death of a woman who was killed by her estranged boyfriend after a police officer served him with an anti-harassment protection order. The boyfriend left after the order was served but later returned, killing the unfortunate victim. The appeal focuses on procedural matters such as the preservation of error, the law of the case doctrine, and the question of whether a party must reiterate a CR 50(a) motion for judgment with a subsequent post-trial motion under CR 50(b).