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Legal Advice + Risk Management. On Point For Your Business.
Legal Advice + Risk Management. On Point For Your Business.

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#tbt to April 20, when Stacia Hofmann presented an insurance continuing education course on common commercial litigation reservation of rights scenarios, including intentional torts, contractual claims, and special types of damages. Some people might say insurance is dull, but the cases we recapped prove otherwise!
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In my concluding post in the blog series Seller Beware: Navigating the Washington Product Liability Act, I revisit the product liability of manufacturers and non-manufacturing product sellers (see flowchart below), discuss the latest developments in the Modisette lawsuit against Apple (it was dismissed!), review two recent Washington product liability cases (a wild ride on the legal train!), and mention a few risk management tips. Read more at cornerpointlaw.com/blog
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#littleknownfact - I minored in Cinema & Television at USC, and for some time, I thought I wanted to work in the entertainment industry. TV ratings are fascinating to me, and reading up on renewals and cancellations is a hobby of mine. I was not surprised to see #youthejury cancelled after two episodes. Treating the jury process as a game on such an important topic as wrongful death did not sit well with me.
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In Rapids in the Product Pipeline, the third installment in my blogpost series on the Washington Product Liability Act, I cover product liability laws as they apply to non-manufacturing product sellers, discuss when a non-manufacturing product seller steps into the strict liability shoes of a manufacturer, and give examples of the product seller/service provider distinction. Read more at cornerpointlaw.com/blog
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On April 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Diamond Knot Brewery @ MLT, I will be presenting an insurance continuing education course (1 hour approved) on common commercial litigation reservation of rights scenarios, including intentional torts, the Washington Consumer Protection Act, contractual claims, and special types of damages.

Host: Greater Seattle Insurance Professionals, Inc.
Provider Name: Integrity Surety LLC
Provider Number: 32331
Course Title: Take Cover! Preparing for a Liability ROR Letter
Course Number: 621537

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Is the iPhone 6 defective if Apple could have pre-installed non-bypassable lockout software to prevent a driver from using FaceTime at highway speeds? That is the argument in a recent product liability lawsuit against the company. I've used the case as a guide through Washington's Product Liability Act as it applies to #manufacturers in my latest blogpost, available at cornerpointlaw.com/blog
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In her next series of blogposts, Seller Beware: Navigating the Washington Product Liability Act, Stacia Hofmann will be discussing the competing categories of product seller and service provider, the different subcategories within the product seller category, and why Washington businesses need to know where they likely fall. The series starts with the post Overview, which also introduces readers to a recent product liability lawsuit filed against Apple and arising out of a distracted driver allegedly using FaceTime. Read more at cornerpointlaw.com/blog
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A December 2016 case out of Eastern Washington caught my attention: a #rattlesnake bit a man while he was examining a bag of mulch in the outdoor garden section of #walmart. The court ruled that the man's #lawsuit against Wal-Mart could proceed. When customers access and handle goods, the risk of liability increases. Read more about the case, the Pimentel Exception rule of law that applies to self-serve businesses, and the importance of #riskmanagement in Stacia Hofmann's most recent blogpost at cornerpointlaw.com/blog

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So you've decided to serve alcohol at a company-sponsored holiday party. After all, your employees have worked hard over the past year. You want to show them your appreciation, build loyalty, and foster a sense of camaraderie. What could go wrong?

Attorney Stacia Hofmann recently wrote a blogpost summarizing a business's liability to third-parties arising out of an employee's alcohol-related automobile accident following a company-sponsored holiday party. In Washington, not only can a business be liable under the traditional rules for the employment relationship, but it could also be considered a quasi-commercial host subject to liquor liability laws. Read about the important factors that lead to liability, and tips for reducing the risks, at cornerpointlaw.com/blog
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The Washington Court of Appeals recently issued an unpublished opinion reinstating a lawsuit involving a trip and fall over a shoe ottoman at Sears. While the facts of the case are interesting, the law is nothing new: businesses owe a duty to protect their customers, clients, and other business associates from dangerous conditions. Read why businesses should manage the risk of slips, trips, and falls in Stacia Hofmann’s most recent blogpost at cornerpointlaw.com/blog

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