Articles by John S. Riper

WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT SIDES WITH EMPLOYERS OVER THEIR WORKERS’ COMP IMMUNITY

Date: September 24th, 2014

Last week the Washington Supreme Court held in favor of employer immunity under Washington’s workers’ compensation program in a case closely watched by Washington’s construction and business communities. The case involves employer liability for asbestos exposure 28 years ago, but the Supreme Court’s decision will … Read More »

WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS BROAD RIGHT TO INSURER-PAID DEFENSE UNDER LIABILITY INSURANCE POLICIES

Date: July 15th, 2014
Categories: Insurance

Recently the Washington supreme court unanimously decided a case that brings good news to Washington contractors and others who purchase liability insurance. The case involves the Bellevue-based travel website Expedia, which is in the middle of a dispute against its liability insurers. Expedia negotiates discounted … Read More »

DEVELOPMENT PERMITS ARE NO LONGER HOSTAGE TO CHALLENGES TO PERMIT REGULATIONS

Date: April 10th, 2014

This morning the Washington Supreme Court issued a decision that may go a long way toward eliminating challenges to the legality of land use regulations as a tactic for derailing a developer’s permit application. Today’s case involves a proposed development at Point Wells, a 61-acre … Read More »

AGC SUPPORTS EMPLOYER IMMUNITY FROM SUIT IN SUPREME COURT

Date: March 4th, 2014

A pending lawsuit against The Boeing Company threatens to impose new liability on Washington contractors whose employees have been exposed to toxic or harmful substances on a jobsite. The case involves employer liability for asbestos exposure 28 years ago, but the outcome of the case … Read More »

CONTRACTORS’ INSURANCE RIGHTS WINS ROUND IN COURT

Date: August 14th, 2013

The AGC of Washington recently gave amicus support in successfully persuading the state’s highest court to grant special review of a case that could be important to construction contractors’ insurance rights. The case involves the circumstances in which an insurance company must defend its insured. … Read More »

SUPREME COURT BROADLY ENFORCES LIABILITY INSURERS’ DUTY TO DEFEND POLICYHOLDERS

Date: March 20th, 2013

For the second time in as many months the Washington Supreme Court has decided an important insurance case, and has once again come down on the side of the insureds, ruling against the position taken by the insurance industry. The new case declares that insurance … Read More »

SUPREME COURT SAYS INSURANCE COMPANIES CAN’T SHIELD THEIR CLAIM-ADJUSTING PROCESS

Date: March 4th, 2013

In a case decided on February 21, the Washington Supreme Court declared that insurance companies must investigate, process and resolve insurance claims openly with the insured, even if that means forfeiting the insurer’s attorney-client privilege. An insurance company faces a conflict of interest whenever it … Read More »

WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT UNANIMOUSLY SIDES WITH CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS FOR INSURANCE COVERAGE IN COLLAPSE CASE

Date: May 17th, 2012

Today the Washington Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision on a case that the construction contractor industry has not only been watching carefully, but also directly participated in. Ashbaugh Beal’s John Riper (together with John Ahlers of Ahlers & Cressman) briefed and argued the case … Read More »

TIME TO KILL WASHINGTON’S FRIVOLOUS LIEN STATUTE

Date: March 15th, 2011

Sometimes a great idea doesn”t work out. That has proven true with Washington”s frivolous lien statute, and now is the time to kill it and start over. Twenty years ago the construction industry worked with the legislature to revamp Washington”s lien laws. As part of … Read More »

LEGISLATION PROPOSED TO PROTECT EMPLOYERS FROM UNINTENDED LIABILITY FOR EMPLOYEE COMMUTE TIME

Date: February 28th, 2011
Categories: Employment, Legislation

In employment lawsuits it is rare for Washington courts to reach a result that makes both employers and employees worse off, but that happened several years ago in a case over compensation for commute time. In 2007 the Washington Supreme Court ruled that an employer … Read More »