Kyle Riley
Partner
Expertise Overview

Kyle Riley manages the firm’s Seattle, Washington, office. He has profound expertise in Washington bad faith law, wrongful death, and catastrophic injury claims. Kyle also has significant experience defending fire losses, trucking companies, banking institutions, and self-insured rental car companies.

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Kyle worked with the Oregon Department of Justice where he gained significant litigation experience specializing in the recovery of self-insured losses. He joined Smith Freed Eberhard in 2003.

 

Relevant Cases

In Bauducco-Heiss v. Jim Fruitt Trucking, Kyle was the lead attorney defending a truck driver and trucking company in a lawsuit related to a serious motor vehicle accident involving the death of two adults and a serious brain injury of a young girl. Kyle was able to locate a favorable witness and retain an expert to defeat the codefendant’s attempts to be dismissed from the underlying case. The case ended in a global settlement.

In Naylor v. Gwin & Sons Logging, Kyle was the trial attorney for a third-party defendant alleged to have caused damage to a pipeline through their logging activities. Defense retained joint experts able to plot the pipeline and identify the source of the failures as being caused by freezing damage unrelated to logging activity. Kyle’s cross-examination resulted in the plaintiff’s expert admitting that he had not measured the length of the line. The jury returned a defense verdict after an hour of deliberation entitling the lead defendant to recover their attorney fees from the plaintiff.

Education

Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, J.D., cum laude, 2002
Pacific University, B.A., Mathematics & Political Science, 1998

Professional Certification & Accolades

Member, Oregon State Bar Association
Member, Washington State Bar Association
Member, Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Member, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
Member, Oregon Casualty Adjusters Association
Admitted, United States District Court, District of Oregon
Admitted, United States District Court, Western District of Washington
Black Belt Trial Advocacy Training Program Graduate
Washington Super Lawyers - 2018 - 2020

Practice Areas
  • Practice Area
    • Commercial Liability Defense
    • Negligence
    • Trucking & Transportation
    • Products Liability
    • Slip and Fall
    • Timber Trespass
    • Tenant Landlord
    • Premises Liability
    • Jobsite Injury
    • Wrongful Death
    • Dram Shop & Tavern Keeper
    • Personal Lines
    • Automotive Defense
    • First & Third Party / SIU
    • Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O)
    • Construction & Development
    • Excess and Surplus Lines
Bar Admissions
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Success Story Commercial Liability Defense Snowpocalypse: Negligence and Bad Faith Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Success Story Commercial Liability Defense Premises Liability Lack of Evidence for an Erroneous Equestrian Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
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Webinar Bad Faith Commercial Liability Defense Negligence Premises Liability Products Liability Sexual Misconduct Tenant Landlord Wrongful Death Washington Commercial Lines – 2020 Year in Review Friday April 2, 2021 By: Kyle Riley, Gordon Klug
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Update: Washington Court of Appeals Sides with Insurer in Dispute Over How Much a Church Was Entitled to in Compensation Under its Policy Fol... Thursday May 30, 2019 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Negligence Washington Case Law Update: Unusual Injury Suffered While Riding a Roller Coaster Allows a Plaintiff to Utilize the Doctrine of Res Ipsa Loquitur Thursday April 18, 2019 By: Kyle Riley
public domain condemnation Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Law Update: Material Facts Available in the Public Domain Lead to Dismissal of Real Estate Buyer's Lawsuit Thursday March 14, 2019 By: Kyle Riley
Kalles v. State Farm - MGU Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Products Liability Washington Case Law Update: Washington Court Of Appeals Reminds Insurers That Ambiguous Insurance Provisions Must Be Resolved In Favor Of the Insured Thursday January 31, 2019 By: Kyle Riley
Clarke v Nichols - KRD Legal Alert Personal Lines Washington Case Law Update: Summary Judgment Affirmed After Plaintiff Fails to Provide Evidence Showing the Cause of a Fall Thursday January 10, 2019 By: Kyle Riley
Kyle Riley Case Update Legal Alert Personal Lines PIP Washington Case Law Update: Damages and Attorney Fee Exposure Can Make a Mistaken Coverage Denial a Costly Error Thursday November 1, 2018 By: Kyle Riley
Determining Whether Communications Between Attorneys Constitute a Settlement Agreement Legal Alert Construction & Development Washington Case Law Update: Determining Whether Communications Between Attorneys Constitute a Settlement Agreement Thursday August 16, 2018 By: Kyle Riley
Bar Owner Brings Suit Legal Alert Dram Shop & Tavern Keeper Washington Case Law Update: Bar Owner Brings Suit against Police Alleging Harassment of Patrons and Staff Thursday July 19, 2018 By: Kyle Riley
Wrongful Death Claim Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Wrongful Death Washington Case Law Update: Wrongful Death Claim Invalid After Survivorship Claim Against Same Defendants Thursday June 7, 2018 By: Kyle Riley
Implied Warranty Legal Alert Negligence Personal Lines Premises Liability Slip and Fall Washington Case Law Update: Court Rules that Implied Warranty of Habitability Does Not Extend to Tenant’s Guest Thursday May 17, 2018 By: Kyle Riley
Mandatory Civil Arbitration Legal Alert Personal Lines Washington Case Law Update: Washington Legislature Expands Mandatory Civil Arbitration to $100,000 Claims Thursday May 3, 2018 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Personal Lines Washington Case Law Update: In Absence of a Special Relationship, Insurer Owes No Duty to Advise on Adequacy of Coverage Thursday March 29, 2018 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Law Update: Injured Worker Responsible for Defective Condition Barred from Recovery from Landowner Thursday March 15, 2018 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Personal Lines Washington Case Law Update: Court Holds That PIP Benefits Do Not Extend to School Bus Collision Thursday January 18, 2018 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Washington Case Law Update: Store Owner Cannot Escape from Vicarious Liability for Faulty Escalator Thursday January 4, 2018 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Law Update: Proving Causation: An Expert in a Premises Liability Claim May be Sufficient Wednesday November 1, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Personal Lines Washington Case Law Update: Assert Your Counterclaims in a Timely Manner or Forfeit Them Forever Thursday October 19, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Law Update: When Will Courts Set Aside a Default Judgment? Thursday September 28, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Law Update: Can Third Parties Sue Insurance Companies Under the Consumer Protection Act? Thursday September 21, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Law Update: When is a Losing Party Entitled to Relief from Judgment? Thursday September 14, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Law Update: Is the Statute of Limitations Tolled if the Wrong Defendant is Served? Thursday September 7, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Law Update: When is a Statement Considered an Offer to Compromise? Thursday August 31, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Law Update: How Do you Determine if a Statement is Defamatory? Thursday August 24, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Law Update: Contract Provision May Entitle Prevailing Party to Attorneys’ Fees Thursday August 10, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Law Update: Participating in Litigation May Constitute Waiver of Certain Arguments Thursday August 3, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Negligence Washington Case Law Update: Parent’s Negligent Supervision not Tortious, Cannot Reduce Child’s Recovery Thursday July 20, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Negligence Washington Case Law Update: Court of Appeals Reworks Assumption of Risk Doctrine, Holds that Inherent Peril Assumption of Risk Bars Negligence Claim Wednesday July 12, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Personal Lines Washington Case Law Update: Plaintiff Must Be “Foreseeable” to Bring Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Claim Thursday June 29, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Personal Lines PIP Washington Case Law Update: PIP Coverage Requires Operation of Motor Vehicle Thursday June 22, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Personal Lines Washington Case Law Update: Post-Arbitration Sanctions Are Not Considered When Determining Whether a Party Improved its Position at Trial De Novo Thursday May 25, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Washington Case Law Update: Recreational Immunity Applies Only if Land is Held Open to Public Solely for Recreational Use Thursday May 18, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Washington Case Law Update: Contract Cannot Bar CPA Claim Thursday April 27, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Washington Case Law Update: Speculation Does Not Create Issue of Material Fact Thursday April 20, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Products Liability Washington Case Law Update: Manufacturer Has Duty to Warn If Product Required Use of Hazardous Component Thursday April 13, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Personal Lines UM/UIM Washington Case Law Update: Final Judgment In UIM Action Does Not Bar Subsequent Bad Faith, IFCA Claims Thursday April 6, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Products Liability Washington Case Law Update: Manufacturers of Medical Supplies Must Warn Purchasers of Potential Risks Thursday March 23, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Washington Case Law Update: Borrowed Servant Doctrine is Jury Question Where Complete Control is Disputed Thursday March 9, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Personal Lines Washington Case Law Update: No Independent Cause of Action for Regulation Violation under IFCA Thursday February 16, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Washington Case Law Update: When Does Employer Immunity Protect the Employee? Thursday February 9, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Wrongful Death Washington Case Law Update: Wrongful Death Claim Accrued Upon Murderer’s Conviction Thursday January 26, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert General Litigation Washington Case Law Update: Service by Mail Requires Evidence that Defendant is Avoiding Service Thursday January 19, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert General Litigation Washington Case Update: Efficient Proximate Cause Rule Applies only to Losses with Two or More Causes Tuesday January 10, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Premises Liability Washington Case Update:  Snakebit: When Does a Plaintiff Have to Show Notice of a Hazardous Condition?, Wednesday December 28, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert General Litigation Washington Case Update: Conclusory Expert Testimony Will Not Defeat Summary Judgment Thursday December 15, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Wrongful Death Washington Case Update: Wrongful Death Requires that Deceased Could Have Sued At Time of Death Monday November 28, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense General Litigation Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Trial Court Cannot Compel Plaintiffs to Sign Stipulations for Medical Records Wednesday November 9, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert General Litigation Washington Case Update: Attorney-Client Privilege Does not Include Post-Employment Communications Wednesday November 2, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense General Litigation Premises Liability Washington Case Update: Whether Ottoman in Store Aisle was “Open and Obvious” a Jury Question Thursday October 13, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense General Litigation Slip and Fall Washington Case Law Update: Discovery Violation Sanctions Should Be Least Severe Possible Thursday October 6, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Personal Lines Washington Case Law Update: When are Pre-existing Conditions Admissible? Thursday September 29, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Personal Lines Washington Case Law Update: Including Costs in Settlement Offers May Cost You Thursday September 8, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Personal Lines Washington Case Law Update: How to Serve Motorist Defendant via Secretary of State Thursday August 4, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Negligence Washington Case Law Update: Washington Appellate Court Holds Bicycling is Method of “Ordinary Travel” Wednesday July 13, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Dog Bite Premises Liability Washington Case Update: Landlord Potentially Liable when Friend’s Dog Bites Invitee Thursday June 23, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Construction & Development Washington Case Update: Unambiguous Policy Avoids Large Payout Friday June 17, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Jobsite Injury Negligence Washington Case Update: When is an Act Negligent as a Matter of Law? Thursday June 9, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert General Litigation Washington Case Update: Failing to Provide Evidence: When Challenging Service Will Work Against You Friday May 6, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert General Litigation Washington Case Update: What Amounts will the Court Consider When Comparing an Arbitration Award and a Trial Judgment? Wednesday April 27, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Negligence Washington Case Update: Bad Ink: Does a Tattoo Artist Breach a Duty of Care When Using Contaminated Ink? Thursday April 14, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Negligence Premises Liability Timber Trespass WA Case Update: The Encroaching Tree: Is a Duty of Care Owed to an Adjacent Owner When Removing Tree Roots or Branches? Thursday April 7, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense PIP Premises Liability Slip and Fall WA Case Update: Will a Conclusory Expert Declaration Preclude Summary Judgment? Thursday March 24, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Premises Liability Slip and Fall WA Case Update: Does a Landowner Retain Recreational Use of Immunity When Charging Fees to Use Portions of Land? Thursday March 10, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Personal Lines PIP WA Case Update: Can a Defendant’s Negligent Conduct Undermine an Assumption of Risk Argument? Thursday March 3, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Personal Lines WA Case Update: Can Multiple Collisions Constitute a Single Accident? Thursday February 25, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense Personal Lines Premises Liability WA Case Update: Does a Municipality Owe a Duty of Care to Remove Hazardous Roadside Vegetation? Thursday February 11, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Personal Lines WA Case Update: When Statutes of Limitations Conflict, Which State’s Law Applies? Thursday February 4, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines UM/UIM WA Case Update: UIM Coverage: A Broad Interpretation of Injuries “Arising out of” Vehicle Use Thursday January 28, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Personal Lines WA Case Update: Bankruptcy: Unreported Post-Petition Claims May Be Viable Thursday January 14, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Personal Lines WA Case Update: The Landslide Brought it Down Thursday December 17, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense WA Case Update: To Defend, or Not to Defend? Trial Court Cannot Delay This Determination Friday November 6, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Personal Lines WA Case Update: Déjà Vu: Order for New Trial on General Damages Overturned Thursday September 10, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines WA Case Update: Painting in the Lines: Substitute Service Strictly Construed Thursday September 3, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines WA Case Update: Evidence of Insurance May Be Admissible in Friendly Lawsuits Thursday August 27, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines WA Case Update: “Foul Ball!” – Baseball’s Limited Duty and Assumption of Risk Thursday August 13, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
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Webinar Bad Faith Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development Cyber Liability First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) The Art of Arbitration: Strategically Structuring Your Case in Washington Wednesday August 12, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines WA Case Update: Anti-SLAPP Statute Ruled Unconstitutional Thursday July 30, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines WA Case Update: Beyond the Grave: Wrongful Death Actions and the Statute of Limitations Thursday July 9, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU WA Case Update: Cyclist Can’t Get Over Recreational Immunity Speed Bump Wednesday July 1, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines WA Case Update: Don’t Forget Your Passport: Secretary of State Service May be Preempted by Hague Convention Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Personal Lines WA Case Update: Washington Rewards Attorneys who Represent Parties in Small Cases Monday June 15, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Personal Lines WA Case Update: Vendetta Blogger "SLAPP"ed Down by Court of Appeals Thursday May 28, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU WA Case Update: Hidden Injuries: Restarting the Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse Wednesday May 20, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU WA Case Update: Default without Notice: Court Vacates Judgment Based on Interpretation of “Appear” Thursday May 7, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: Timber! Waste Inapplicable when Timber Statute Applies Thursday April 16, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: Federal Enclave Doctrine Bars Statutory Discrimination Claims on Military Base Thursday April 2, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: MVA Defendant Vacates Surprise Default Judgment Thursday March 12, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) Washington Case Update: Corporate Confusion: Amending the Complaint after the Statute of Limitations Period Wednesday February 25, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Professional Lines (EPL,D&O,E&O) Washington Case Update: Not So Personal Service: Secondhand Service Sufficient Thursday February 12, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Wrongful Death Washington Case Update: The Ability to Bring a Wrongful Death Claim in Washington Wednesday October 29, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Washington Case Update: Patience is a Virtue: Complying with the Statutory Waiting Period Before Filing a Lawsuit Against a Local Government Entity Thursday October 23, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense General Litigation Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Examining the Admissibility of Biomechanical Engineer Testimony Thursday October 9, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Tick-Tock: A Tardy Attorney Fee Petition May Still Be Accepted by the Court Thursday October 2, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Parental Immunity Doctrine: Not Applicable When Wet Wednesday September 17, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Does a Private Partial Settlement Constitute a Waiver of the Right to Trial de Novo? It Depends… Wednesday September 10, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Inaction by Insured Makes Order of Default Difficult to Set Aside Thursday September 4, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Insurers Uneasy About Electronic Document Delivery Wednesday August 20, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Surprise Default Judgment, Now What? Thursday July 31, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Surviving Summary Judgment with the Voluntary Rescue Doctrine Thursday July 24, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Update: Duty to Defend Triggered by Functional Equivalent of “Suit” Wednesday July 16, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Update: The Possibility of Proving Medical Causation Without an M.D. Thursday July 3, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Attorney Fees Not Available Under Washington’s Small Claims Statute Without a Final Judgment Wednesday June 18, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: Covenant Judgments Set a Floor, Not a Ceiling Thursday June 12, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Only Clients or Intended Beneficiaries of Representation Have Standing for Legal Malpractice Claims Wednesday June 4, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: A Global Offer of Compromise Dictates a Global Assessment of the Trial Award Wednesday May 28, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Washington Case Update: Vendetta Blogger "SLAPP"ed Down by Court of Appeals Wednesday May 28, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Construction & Development Washington Case Update: Construction Work Exclusion on Multi-Family Housing Upheld Wednesday May 14, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Update: No Duty to Warn Invitees of Obviously Wet Grass When Alternative Paths Available Wednesday April 9, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Personal Lines Washington Case Update: “Stigma Damages” Can Be Excluded from a UIM-PD Policy Thursday March 27, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Update: Premises Liability – Self-Service Exception Will Not Apply to All Areas of a Business Thursday March 13, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Updates: Tenants May Not Recover Emotional Distress Damages for Statutory Landlord-Tenant Claims Thursday March 6, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Update: Government Has No Duty to Inspect Trees Along Roadways Thursday February 27, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Work Release with Restrictions May Not Cut Off Wage Loss Benefits Thursday February 20, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Update: Recreational Use Immunity Is Interpreted Narrowly Thursday February 13, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: Those Who Sign Pre-injury Releases Risk Running into a Huge Problem Wednesday January 8, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Negligence Washington Case Update: Expansion of the Independent Duty Doctrine is in a State of Flux Wednesday December 18, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Premises Liability Washington Case Update: Plaintiff Denied Judgment as a Matter of Law in an Icy Slip and Fall Thursday December 5, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Texting Drivers: Texters with Happy Thumbs Beware Thursday November 21, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Municipalities Owe Legal Duties to All Parties, Including Intoxicated Drivers Thursday November 14, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Court Limits the Ways in Which Plaintiffs May Attack Defense Biomechanical Experts Sunday November 3, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Update: Insurer Held to Fend for Itself with Regard to Defense of its Insured Thursday October 31, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Partial Settlement Agreements Do Not Always Defeat Joint & Several Liability Thursday October 24, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Negligent Supervision: Organizations Have a Special Duty to Protect Children in Their Custody from Foreseeable Physical Danger Thursday October 17, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Slip and Fall Washington Case Update: Slip & Falls: The Self-Service Exception Requires Some Evidence That Customers Cause Spills in the Area of the Fall Thursday October 10, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: Do Drug Manufacturers Have a Duty to Give Doctors Diagnostic Tips? Wednesday October 2, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: $50K Arbitration Limit Applies to Individual Claims, Not Total Request for Relief Thursday August 29, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: Plaintiff Denied Two Bites at the Apple in Claim Against Insurer Thursday August 15, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Updates: Personal Attorneys Struggle to Collect Fees from Insurers Wednesday July 24, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Bad Faith Claim Not Allowed, Following UIM Breach of Contract Judgment Thursday July 11, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: Court Clarifies Proper Workers’ Compensation Fund for Former Maritime Workers Thursday June 20, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Negligence Washington Case Update: If Consumer Injury Present, Medical Malpractice Plaintiff May Also Bring CPA Claim Wednesday June 12, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Title Insurer’s Failure to Except Limitation on Title, Not A Violation of CPA Wednesday May 29, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: Federal Court Applies Cedell to Third Party Liability Disputes Wednesday May 15, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: IFCA Damages Question Sent to WA Supreme Court Tuesday May 7, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines PIP UM/UIM Washington Case Update: Federal District Court: WA IFCA Damages Include Unpaid Policy Benefits Wednesday May 1, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Udpate: Failure to Vacate Default Judgment Within One Year Not Excused by Strategic Delay in Judgment Collection Tuesday April 16, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Washington Case Update: Insurance Requirement for “Entire Progress of Work” Excludes “Completed Operations” Coverage Tuesday April 16, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Automotive Defense Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines UM/UIM Washington Case Update: UIM Coverage Not Available to Employees Injured on Personal Business Wednesday April 10, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: Supreme Court Eliminates Insurers’ Ability to Recoup Defense Costs Wednesday March 27, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Gun Owners are not Strictly Liable for Damages Caused by a Failure to Properly Secure a Firearm Thursday March 7, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Negligence Washington Case Update: Plaintiff Assumes Risk and is Barred From Recovery for Injuries on Stairway When Voluntary Use of Stairway Occurs After Comments on S... Wednesday February 27, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: Washington Supreme Court: Unless Authorized by Statute, Binding Arbitration Agreements in Insurance Contracts are Prohibited and Unen... Thursday February 21, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: Coverage Denied for Pizza Company Who Hired Third-Party Marketer to Unlawfully Send Text Messages to Pizza Customers Wednesday February 13, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: Recipient of Worker’s Compensation Benefits under Washington Industrial Insurance Act Allowed Separate Cause of Action Against Neglig... Sunday February 3, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: Cancellation of Policy to Borrower Not Necessarily Cancellation to Lender Wednesday January 30, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Insurer Duty to Defend Based on Allegations in Complaint and Not Upon Subsequent Facts Learned in Discovery Monday January 28, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: No Coverage for Nightclub Shooting Negligence Action Under Firearm Exclusion Thursday January 24, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: Employer’s Liability Insurance, with $1,500,000 Liability Limit, Deemed Applicable to Injured Party’s UIM Claim Wednesday January 9, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Update: Insurers Have No Right to a Jury Trial in RCW 4.22.060 Reasonableness Hearings Wednesday November 28, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU General Litigation Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Incident Reports: Privileged or Discoverable? Wednesday November 28, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Confession of Judgment Determined Fully Satisfied When Full Payment is Received Tuesday November 6, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Bad Faith: An Insurer’s Reasonable Investigation Did Not Constitute Bad Faith Wednesday October 24, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Biomechanical Engineer’s Testimony Can Be Excluded in an Automobile Accident Case Wednesday October 10, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Does Auto Property Damage Coverage Include Coverage for Post-Repair Diminished Value? Tuesday July 24, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Construction & Development Washington Case Update: Amendments to Washington’s Construction Anti-Indemnification Statute RCW 4.24.115 Friday July 20, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Subrogation: Coinsureds Under the Sutton Rule Monday July 16, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Parents Not Negligent For Son’s Gun-whipping in Assault Monday July 9, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Non-owner’s Use of Vehicle Without Consent Relieves Owner of Liability Tuesday June 26, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Kicking Summary Judgment to the Curb: When a Dangerous Condition is Open and Obvious, Can a Landowner Still be Liable for that Condit... Wednesday April 25, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: What Constitutes Excusable Neglect when a Plaintiff Names the Wrong Defendant? Wednesday April 11, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Oregon Case Update: A Default Judgment is Void if the Plaintiff Fails to Allege a Specific Amount of Damages in the Complaint Wednesday April 4, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Washington Case Updates: Insurers Can Rely on the Language of the Policy in Determining Who is Entitled to Coverage Thursday March 22, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: The Supreme Court of Washington Reverses Matsyuk and Clarifies the Pro Rata Fee Sharing Rule Friday February 24, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense Construction & Development Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Contractor Conundrum: Does a “License Agreement” Limit an Employer’s Liability for Injuries on a Jobsite? Friday January 27, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Commercial Liability Defense First & Third Party / SIU Personal Lines Washington Case Update: Clash of the Clauses: Who Pays When Two Insurers Have ‘Other Insurance’ Clauses? Friday January 6, 2012 By: Kyle Riley
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