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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
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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 and regulatory disputes, and appellate law. She is an experienced trial attorney, including successfully co-trying a class action before a jury in federal court, and appearing before the American Arbitration Association. Becky also regularly enforces consumer arbitration agreements and counsels clients on online terms of use and arbitration agreements.

Representative Experience

Consumer Class Actions

Cayne v. Washington Trust Bank

Defended financial services institution in consumer class action jury trial brought by former members of an elite golf course seeking refunds of their golf club membership deposits. Obtained complete defense jury verdict. Appeal pending. (9th Cir. Ongoing)

Makenna v. Amazon.com, LLC

Obtained voluntary dismissal with prejudice of putative consumer class action claims after moving to enforce consumer arbitration agreement. (N.D. Cal. 2018)

Wisely v. Amazon.com

Obtained order compelling arbitration of the claims of two named plaintiffs in putative false advertising class action against online retailer. 141 F. Supp. 3d 1051 (S.D. Cal. 2015). Successfully obtained dismissal on the merits of one plaintiff’s claims before the American Arbitration Association. (AAA, Aug. 2016). Obtained order from the 9th Circuit affirming the order compelling arbitration and dismissing claims. 709 Fed. App’x 862 (9th Cir. Sept. 19, 2017)

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)

Hart v. CF Arcis VII LLC

Defending private golf course owner against putative consumer class action claims brought by club members seeking accelerated refunds of membership fees. (W.D. Wash. Ongoing)

Watson v. Microsoft Corp.

Defended software services provider in putative consumer class action alleging a free software upgrade caused plaintiffs to lose data and/or damaged their computers. Case resolved on favorable terms, after moving to enforce consumer arbitration agreement and pre-class certification. (N.D. Ill. 2017)

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 individual arbitration. (W.D. Tex., AAA Ongoing)

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). Plaintiffs 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. 84 F. Supp. 3d 1172 (W.D. Wash. 2014)

Health Care Litigation

Hofstader v. Providence Health & Services, et al.

Defending hospital and hospital system against putative consumer class action alleging violations of Washington’s Charity Care Act. (E.D. Wash., Ongoing)

Grego v. Kadlec Regional Medical Center

Successfully obtained summary judgment dismissing, pre-class certification, claims of named class representatives alleging hospital failed to comply with state statutes governing the use of medical liens. Appeal pending. (9th Cir. Ongoing)

Pitell v. Evergreen Health

Successfully obtained summary judgment dismissing, pre-class certification, claims of named class representative alleging a hospital charged uninsured emergency room patients unreasonable rates. Appeal pending. (Wash. App., Div. I, Ongoing)

N.F. v. Microsoft

Co-defending self-funded health plan for technology company against putative class action claims under ERISA alleging violations of the federal Mental Health Parity Act based on wilderness program benefits denial. (W.D. Wash. Ongoing)

S.S. v. Microsoft

Co-defended self-funded health plan for technology company in putative health care class action asserting claims under the Federal Mental Health Parity Act. Obtained an order granting defendant’s Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss with prejudice. Case ultimately settled on favorable terms. 2015 WL 11251744 (W.D. Wash. Feb. 11, 2015)

Washington State Hospital Association v. Washington State Department of Health

Represented the hospital association in a successful challenge to a state certificate-of-need regulation regarding changes in control of a hospital. Obtained ruling from superior court that the regulation is invalid. The Washington Supreme Court affirmed in July 2015, in a unanimous decision. 183 Wn.2d 590 (2015)

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. 192 Wn. App. 102 (2015)

Complex Civil Litigation

Soto v. Microsoft Corp.

Defending online service provider in lawsuit brought by two employees alleging provider’s wellness and resiliency programs for content moderators did not meet the standard of care. (King Cnty. (Wash.) Super. Ct. Ongoing)

PMG v. Golin/Harris Int’l, Inc.

Representing social media marketing agency in commercial contract dispute with former conflict shop. (W.D. Wash. Ongoing)

Alaska Airlines, Inc. v. Schurke

Representing airline in Railway Labor Act preemption challenge to application of Washington’s Family Care Act to airline. (9th Cir. Ongoing)

St. Jude Medical, Inc. v. Muddy Waters

Represented 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. 2016 Settled)

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 in California and Washington. (Ongoing) Obtained voluntary dismissal of consumer protection lawsuit against technology company challenging company's business practices. (W.D. Wash. 2014)

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. 185 Wn.2d 97 (2016)

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
  • Ladder Down Class of 2018, MAMA Seattle
  • 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, 2012-2018