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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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Partner
T206.757.8285
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Becky Francis focuses her practice on complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on consumer class action defense, health care litigation, complex commercial disputes, 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 extensive experience representing clients in a wide variety of matters, including consumer protection act, false advertising, and privacy claims; complex contract disputes; and political initiative, regulatory, and certificate-of-need matters. Becky has jury trial experience, including successfully co-trying a class action jury trial in federal court, and has significant experience enforcing arbitration agreements, appearing before the American Arbitration Association, and counseling clients on terms of use and arbitration agreements.

Representative Experience

Watson v. Microsoft Corp.

Defending software services provider in putative consumer class action alleging a free software upgrade caused plaintiffs to lose data and/or damaged their computers. (N.D. Ill. Ongoing)

Maher v. Microsoft Corp.

Defending online entertainment and gaming services provider in putative consumer class action alleging provider deceptively failed to credit or refund certain Xbox Live customers whose Xbox Live services were allegedly interrupted after those customers bought and redeemed  prepaid subscription cards.  (N.D. Ill. Ongoing)

Hobzek v. HomeAway

Defending technology company in gig industry against putative consumer class action alleging discrimination under federal public accommodations laws. Successfully obtained order compelling named class representative to arbitration. Appeal pending. (W.D. Tex. Ongoing)

St. Jude Medical, Inc. v. Muddy Waters

Representing cybersecurity consulting firm, physician, and investment firm in defamation lawsuit arising out of public disclosures about cybersecurity risks involving the plaintiff’s medical devices. (D. Minn. Ongoing)

Pitell v. Evergreen Health

Successfully obtained summary judgment dismissal of putative class action alleging a hospital charged uninsured emergency room patients unreasonable rates. Appeal expected. (King Cnty. (Wash.) Super. Ct. Ongoing)

Grego v. Kadlec Regional Medical Center

Defending hospital in putative class action alleging it failed to comply with state statutes governing the use of medical liens. (E.D. Wash.Ongoing)

Soto v. Microsoft Corp.

Defending online services provider in lawsuit brought by two employees alleging provider’s efforts to create unique wellness programs and technologies designed to assist employees whose jobs involved content review did not meet the standard of care. (King Cnty. (Wash.) Super. Ct. Ongoing)

Cayne v. Washington Trust Bank

Defended financial services institution in consumer class action jury trial 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. Appeal pending. (D. Idaho Ongoing)

Representation of technology company

Defending technology company in state regulatory proceedings and appeals, and in federal court action regarding legality of local legislation. Matters currently pending in state and federal courts. (Ongoing) Obtained voluntary dismissal of consumer protection lawsuit against technology company challenging company's business practices. (W.D. Wash. 2014)

Wisely v. Amazon.com

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) Successfully obtained dismissal of one plaintiff’s claims before the American Arbitration Association (AAA, Aug. 2016), and defending other plaintiff in appeal to the 9th Cir. from the order compelling arbitration and dismissing claims. (9th Cir. Ongoing)

Casault v. Freddie Mac et al.

Defended 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 affirmance on appeal to the 9th Circuit. (9th Cir. Aug. 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)

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

Obtained a published opinion from the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One, affirming the health law judge’s decision reversing the Department of Health’s decision to award a certificate-of-need to add five kidney dialysis stations in King County Planning Area #4 to Davita Healthcare Partners. (Wash. Ct. App. Dec. 28, 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)

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)

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)

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). Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed with prejudice. (2015)

Ekin v. Amazon.com

Obtained order compelling to arbitration two named plaintiffs alleging online retailer engaged in 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)

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

  • William L. Dwyer Inn of Court, 2014-present
  • Programming Committee Member, Annual Regional Conference, 2017 – National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Mentorship Chair, King County Chapter, Washington Women Lawyers, 2012

Professional Recognition

  • Listed as "Up and Coming" in Commercial Litigation (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2012-2017
  • Selected to "Washington Rising Stars," Thomson Reuters, 2012-2017
Recognized by Chambers USA – Chambers and Partners