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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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Associate
T206.757.8285
F206.757.7285

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)

Cayne v. Washington Trust Bank

Defending financial services institution in consumer class action brought by former members of an elite golf course alleging the financial services institution must refund their membership deposits because it realized on golf course collateral in a deed in lieu of foreclosure. (D. Idaho 2012; Ongoing)

Dancer v. Los Angeles Times

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

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)

Ekin v. Amazon.com

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

Mendoza v. Microsoft

Defending online entertainment and gaming services provider in 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; 2014 WL 4540225 (W.D. Wash. 2014; Ongoing)

Spokane Entrepreneurial Center v. Envision Spokane

Obtained ruling declaring two initiatives invalid under Washington law. The case is currently on appeal to Division III of the Washington State Court of Appeals. (Ongoing)

Walsh v. Microsoft

Defending 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; Ongoing)

Washington State Hospital Association v. Washington State Department of Health

Obtained ruling invalidating new certificate-of-need rule the Department of Health promulgated in December 2013. The case is currently on appeal to the Washington State Supreme Court. (Ongoing)

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)

Gossen v. JPMorgan Chase Bank

Obtained dismissal of TILA and RESPA claims stemming from loan origination based on FDIC Purchase and Assumption Agreement and federal holder-in-due course status. Likewise obtained dismissal of 14 separate post-foreclosure claims allegedly stemming from the Deed of Trust Act (RCW 61.24) as waived by the foreclosure sale or otherwise meritless. __F. Supp.2d__2011 WL 4939828 (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. 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

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Commercial Litigation (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2012-2014
  • Selected to “Washington Rising Stars,” Thomson Reuters, 2012-2014  
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