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Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Rebecca J. Francis

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Becky Francis focuses her practice on complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on class action defense, health care litigation, and appellate law. She represents clients from a broad range of industries, including Internet and mobile phone application services, online retail, financial services, and health care. Becky has hands-on experience in a wide variety of matters, including privacy law, consumer class actions, complex contract disputes, political initiative law, and certificate-of-need litigation.

Representative Experience

Casault v. Freddie Mac et al.

Defending Freddie Mac in consumer class action against all major lenders and loan servicers alleging defendants improperly foreclosed because loan-servicer advances in securitized mortgage-backed securities cured borrower defaults. Responsible for drafting and filing lead joint brief for Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Wells Fargo, US Bank, Aurora Loan Services, Bank of New York Mellon, and LaSalle Bank. Obtained motion to dismiss, and the case is currently on appeal to the 9th Circuit. (Ongoing)

Davita Healthcare Partners, Inc. v. Washington State Department of Health

Obtained ruling reversing Department of Health’s decision to award Davita Healthcare Partners a certificate-of-need to add five additional kidney dialysis stations in King County Planning Area #4. The case is currently on appeal to Division II of the Washington State Court of Appeals. (Ongoing)

Evergreen Health

Defending putative class action against a hospital alleging unreasonable charges to uninsured patients. (Ongoing)

Representation of Technology Company

Defended technology company in state regulatory proceedings and appeals. Matter currently pending. (Ongoing) Obtained voluntary dismissal of consumer protection lawsuit against technology company challenging company's business practices. (W.D. Wash. 2014)

St. Jude Medical, Inc. v. Muddy Waters

Representing the defendants in defamation lawsuit arising out of public disclosures about cybersecurity risks involving the plaintiff’s medical devices. (D. Minn. Ongoing)

Cayne v. Washington Trust Bank

Defended financial services institution in consumer class action brought by former members of an elite golf course alleging the financial services institution became obligated to refund their golf club membership deposits when it realized on the golf course in a deed in lieu of foreclosure. Obtained jury verdict in favor of defense. (2016)

Spokane Entrepreneurial Center v. Envision Spokane

Obtained ruling declaring two initiatives invalid under Washington law. Washington Supreme Court affirmed, holding clients had standing to seek declaratory relief to challenge a pre-election initiative. (2016)

Wisely v.

Obtained order compelling arbitration of the claims of the two named plaintiffs in a putative class action alleging online retailer engaged in false advertising under California consumer protection laws. (S.D. Cal. 2015) Defending online retailer in one named plaintiff’s appeal to the 9th Circuit and in the other named plaintiff’s arbitration under the AAA. (Ongoing: 9th Cir. 2016; AAA).

Mendoza v. Microsoft

Defended online entertainment and gaming services provider in putative consumer class action brought under the federal Video Privacy Protection Act. Obtained motion to dismiss complaint and motion to compel two named plaintiffs’ claims. 2014 WL 4540213 (W.D. Wash. 2014); 2014 WL 4540225 (W.D. Wash. 2014). Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed with prejudice. (2015)

S.S. v. Microsoft

Co-defended technology company in putative health care class action asserting claims under the Federal Mental Health Parity Act. Obtained an order granting defendant’s motion to dismiss with prejudice on the basis the federal regulations at issue did not apply retroactively to the named plaintiff. Case ultimately settled on favorable terms. (2015)

Walsh v. Microsoft

Defended online entertainment and gaming services provider in consumer class action alleging automatic renewal billing. Obtained motion to compel arbitration of one named plaintiff’s claims. 2014 WL 4168479 (W.D. Wash. 2014). Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed with prejudice. (2015)

Washington State Hospital Association v. Washington State Department of Health

Represented the hospital association in a successful challenge to a regulation expanding the scope of the state’s certificate of need law to require that all changes in control of a hospital be approved in advance by the Department. Successfully obtained ruling from superior court that the regulation is invalid. The Washington Supreme Court affirmed in July 2015, in a unanimous decision. (2015)

Dancer v. Los Angeles Times

Settled a Telephone Consumer Protection Act consumer class action on favorable terms, with final settlement approval granted. (2014)

Ekin v.

Defended online retailer in consumer class action brought by two named plaintiffs alleging misleading shipping advertising. (W.D. Wash. 2014)

Schmidt v. State of Alaska

Successfully established a property tax exemption violates the equal protection rights of same-sex domestic partners under Alaska law. Obtained summary judgment against state and municipality, which the Alaska Supreme Court affirmed on appeal. (2012)

Apilado v. NAGAAA

Successfully established First Amendment affirmative defense for the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance against claim that Washington state's public accommodations laws were violated by enforcing a rule limiting the number of heterosexuals who can play on a team. 792 F. Supp.2d 1151 (W.D. Wash. 2011)

Gunderson v. Pierce County

Retained to represent Pierce County (Wash.) after five years of litigation, after two classes were certified, and after partial liability was established for claims alleging that the county's inmate booking-fee policy was unconstitutional. Within two months of retention, and within one week after filing decertification motions, the case was settled on favorable terms, with final approval granted. (2011)

Jadeja v. Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc.

Represented nation's largest vendor of automated red-light traffic cameras in California class action in the Northern District of California, where plaintiffs allege that contract between Redflex and California cities violates California's Unfair Competition law. The court granted Redflex's motion to dismiss, and plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their claims without seeking further amendment. 764 F. Supp. 2d 1192 (N.D. Cal. 2011)

Keating v. City of Chicago

Represented nation's largest vendor of automated red-light traffic cameras in Illinois class action alleging violations of the Illinois constitution and seeking restitution for unjust enrichment. Case voluntarily dismissed in response to legal analysis presented to plaintiffs' counsel, and without discovery. (2011)

Minnick et al. v Clearwire US, LLC

Represented wireless communications company in putative nationwide class action challenging early termination fees as unlawful and asserting deceptive advertising claims under the Washington Consumer Protection Act. Motion to dismiss granted. Certified question to Washington Supreme Court answered in Clearwire’s favor. Resolved favorably through settlement. (W.D. Wash.)

Additional Qualifications

  • Law Clerk, Hon. Warren Matthews and Hon. Morgan Christen, Alaska Supreme Court
  • Summer Associate, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Ann Schindler, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One

Professional & Community Activities

  • Mentorship Chair, Washington Women Lawyers, King County Chapter, 2012
  • William L. Dwyer Inn of Court, 2014-present

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Commercial Litigation (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2012-2016
  • Selected to "Washington Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2012-2016
Recognized by Chambers USA