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Government Relations & Litigation

Browning v. Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Circuit Court has enjoined the Oregon Liquor Control Commission from interfering with the warehousing and distribution practices of a large grocery chain. (Ongoing)

Chamber of Commerce v. City of Seattle

Representing Rasier LLC, a subsidiary of Uber Technologies Inc., joining a challenge by the Chamber of Commerce against a Seattle ordinance which purports to allow independent contractor drivers to collectively bargain and engage in anticompetitive conduct.  (W.D. Wash., 9th Cir. Ongoing)

Employment class action for local government entity

Defending a class action case filed against a local government entity by employees of a contractor seeking retirement benefits. 06-2-04611-6 (Pierce Cnty. (Wash.) Super. Ct. Ongoing)

Environmental regulations compliance for international plant systems manufacturer

Provide counsel regarding multi-state environmental regulations compliance, including seed and fertilizer registration and labeling. (Ongoing)

Government investigations

Regularly representing clients in relation to confidential state and federal investigations. (Ongoing)

National wireless carrier

Representing a national wireless carrier in wireless siting litigation in various federal courts, challenging denial of client's wireless siting applications under Section 332(c)(7) of the federal Communications Act. (Ongoing)

National wireless carrier

Representing a national wireless carrier before various local governments on matters relating to local regulation of wireless facility siting. (Ongoing)

Procurement for cable operators and equipment manufacturers

Advise clients on state and federal procurement requirements. (Ongoing)

Rasier LLC v. City of Seattle

Representing  Rasier LLC, a subsidiary of Uber Technologies Inc., in filing a constitutional writ of certiorari challenging Seattle’s rules and rulemaking process concerning the implementation of an ordinance purporting to allow independent contractor drivers to collectively bargain but limiting the pool of drivers who would have the right to vote on representation. (King Cnty. (Wash.) Super. Ct. Ongoing)

Real estate development for Sound Transit

Development and permitting of regional transit centers and light-rail facilities in Puget Sound metropolitan area. (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)

UNUS v. Katz, et al.

Defended an author in related constitutional tort claims arising out of an FBI search of her home. Case has been dismissed; attorney's fees have been awarded to defendant. Appeal pending. (Ongoing)

Accounting fraud investigation

Represented public company and its executives under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for alleged accounting fraud and whistleblower retaliation. Achieved favorable corporate settlement. (2016)

Insurance fraud investigation

Represented an executive under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for criminal government contracting and insurance fraud; no individual criminal or civil charges brought. (E.D. Va. 2016)

Fraud investigation

Represented a public figure under investigation for criminal fraud by the U.S. Department of Justice. (W.D. Wash. 2015)

Litigation for Fortune 500 company re performance enhancing drug use by international cycling champion

Representation of Fortune 500 company in federal grand jury investigation connected to allegations of performance enhancing drug use by international cycling champion. (2010-2012)

Rose Group Park Avenue Corp. v. State Liquor Authority of New York

Representation of catering company operating under shared space arrangement with historic church, in petition to overturn denial of license application. (N.Y. Sup. Ct. (Commercial Division) App. Div., 2011-2012)

Navlet v. Port of Seattle

Defended the Port of Seattle in a retiree medical benefits class action relating to the termination of retiree medical benefits. Won summary judgment on behalf of the Port of Seattle. The Washington State Court of Appeals, acting without a motion by either party, certified the case directly to the Washington State Supreme Court without deciding the issue. The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision reversed and remanded to the Superior Court. Following remand, the case was settled by the Port of Seattle. (2011)

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, et al. v. Building Industry Association of Wash.

Successfully defended a trade association against claims in excess of $40 million for alleged breaches of fiduciary duty associated with the administration of a workers' compensation return on industrial insurance program and associated trust. Culminating in a trial after more than three years of litigation in multiple forums, all of petitioners' claims for monetary relief were rejected. No. C07-1519RSM (W.D. Wash. 2008); (Thurston Cnty. (Wash.) Super. Ct. 2011)

The Washington State Redistricting Commission

Represented the Republican commissioners responsible for proposing new legislative and congressional districts in the state of Washington. (2011)

City of Eugene v. Cable service provider

Defended client against an attempt by the City of Eugene, Ore., to impose $14 million in taxes on revenues from cable modem services when such taxes are barred by the Internet Tax Freedom Act. Prevailed at bench trial.

Stop the Food & Beverage Tax Hikes Committee

Represented initiative campaign in defending ballot title. (Thurston Cnty. (Wash.) Super. Ct. 2010)

Van Natta v. Oregon Government Ethics Commission and State of Oregon

Constitutional challenge to state lobby restrictions. (2010)

Dianet Communications v. City of New York et al.

Successfully defended case challenging the City of New York's grant of a franchise to our client, NextG Networks. (2009)

Sprint Telephony PCS v. San Diego County

Filed amicus curiae brief on behalf of NextG Networks and The DAS Forum in support of petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court and during 9th Circuit rehearing en banc, addressing the application of Section 253 of the Communications Act to county wireless zoning requirements. (2009) Read more

Wireless zoning for national wireless carrier

Lead counsel for a national wireless carrier in precedent-setting wireless siting litigation before the 9th Circuit and District Court. Successfully obtained District Court order finding city’s denial of the client's wireless siting application violated Section 332(c)(7) of the federal Communications Act, and obtained order of 9th Circuit affirming District Court. (2008-2009) Read more

Annexation and purchase for Intuit Inc. and Guardian Industries

Represented Intuit Inc. and Guardian Industries in obtaining Major Industrial Development designation under Comprehensive Plan, along with annexation and land purchase for new industrial sites in Grant County, Wash. (2008)

Fishermen Against Irresponsible Reallocation, Inc. v. Fish and Wildlife Commission

Represented commercial fishermen in challenge to Oregon administrative rules. (2008)

Madni v. Gates et al.

Represented individual detained by U.S. Government at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from 2004 to 2008. Our client was returned to Pakistan in September 2008. (D.C. Cir. 2008)

South San Joaquin Irrigation District v. San Joaquin Local Agency Formation Commission

Important published opinions concerning whether LAFCO approval is required for an irrigation district to provide retail electric service within its district boundaries. 162 Cal. App 4th 146 (2008); 162 Cal. App 4th 159 (2008)

Valeant Pharmaceuticals v. Hallock, et al.

Assisted pharmaceutical company in first ever recovery from State of Oregon for work performed under unilateral order. Client recovered $1.5 million from Oregon Hazardous Substances Fund. 06C11571 (2008)

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries v. Tyson Foods, Inc.

Successfully represented a large food company in an appeal of a WISHA safety and health citation alleging failure to provide employees with appropriate personal protective equipment. After an administrative hearing, the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals vacated the bulk of the citation against the company, and the courts upheld the board's ruling on appeal. 143 Wash. App. 576, 178 P.3 1070 (Wash. App. 2008)

Employment dispute for hospital

Successfully represented hospital in an appeal of a WISHA safety and health citation alleging failure to protect employees from the risk of workplace violence. After an administrative hearing, the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals vacated the citation against the hospital. Docket No. W05 0231 (Bd. of Indus. Ins. App. 2007)

In re: Appeal of Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association

Represented Peter Pan Seafoods in a National Marine Fisheries Services administrative proceeding in Alaska arising under the federal crab rationalization program and governing regulations. (2007) Read more

Litigation for Avista

Counsel for hydroelectric licensee in Avista v. U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (trial before a Department of the Interior Administrative Law Judge under Section 241 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, holding that many factual assertions by Interior in hydroelectric relicensing proceeding were unfounded). (Dept. of the Interior Admin. Law Judge 2007)

South San Joaquin Irrigation District v. Meridian Pacific, Inc.

Action against political consulting firm for unauthorized entry into governmental agency's computer network. (San Joaquin County (Cal.) Super. Ct. 2007)

State of Washington v. WEA

Prepared amicus briefs for Evergreen Freedom Foundation and 12 other policy organizations in support of petition for certiorari and on the merits in a case involving a constitutional challenge to a state law requiring consent before a union may use agency fees for political purposes. 127 S. Ct. 2372 (U.S. 2007)

VIVA! International Voice for Animals v. adidas Promotional Retail Operations Inc.

Case involving the constitutionality on federal preemption grounds of California statute purporting to make illegal the sale of shoes made of kangaroo leather, despite provision of Endangered Species Act allowing importation of such materials. Case went to the State Supreme Court. Plaintiff's case was dismissed. 41 Cal. 4th 929 (Cal. 2006)

Locke v. Reed; Grange v. Locke

Defended Washington's Secretary of State as Special Assistant Attorney General in Supreme Court mandamus actions filed by the Governor seeking to keep a referendum off the ballot. Locke v. Reed, No. 75392-0 (2004), Grange v. Locke, et al., 153 Wn.2d 475 (U.S. 2005).

Perrin, et al. v. Kitzhaber, et al.

Represented plaintiffs in Congressional redistricting litigation. 191 Or. App. 439, 83 P.3d 368 (2005)

Washington State Republican Party v. King County

Represented the Washington State Republican Party and gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi in the 2004 Washington state gubernatorial election recount and contest litigation (five cases in seven months, including two state Supreme Court cases and an election contest trial). McDonald v. Secretary of State, 153 Wn.2d 201 (2004); Washington State Republican Party v. King County, 153 Wn. 2d 220 (2004); Borders v. King County, et al., Chelan County No. 05-2-00027-3 (2005)

Oregonians for Sound Economic Policy, Inc. v. State Accident Insurance Fund

A series of claims opening public access to records of the State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF), holding SAIF in contempt of court and addressing exposure of SAIF to attorney fee award. (2003)

Rust v. Western State Hospital

Represented class of residents in forensic unit of state psychiatric hospital challenging lack of treatment and conditions of confinement, largely because of overcrowding and understaffing. Court issued a preliminary injunction, and case settled thereafter with a consent decree requiring improved treatment and funding, and establishing a monitoring committee. (W.D. Wash. 2003)

BHC Intermountain Hospital v. Thompson

Defended hospital facing Medicare decertification through litigation and negotiation settlement. (2002)

Columbia Triangle Ventures v. City of Richland, Wash.

Represented the City of Richland in a developer's $8 million action against the city for unrecovered expenses incurred in connection with a mixed use real estate development in Richland. Obtained summary judgment in favor of City on developer's claims. (2002)

Holloway v. King County

Successfully resolved class action lawsuit by female jail guards by working with clients and class counsel to establish new intake protocols for inmates and procedures for corrections officers. 97-2-23951-6SEA (King Cnty. (Wash.) Super. Ct. 2001)

California Board of Accountancy v. KPMG, etc. et al.*

Served as outside trial counsel for the California Board of Accountancy in an administrative disciplinary action against the accounting firm KPMG, its audit partner, and members of its audit staff for professional errors in their audits of Orange County, Calif., and its investment fund immediately prior to the county's filing for bankruptcy. The administrative trial lasted more than 100 days and resulted in professional disciplinary action against the licenses of KPMG and its audit partner, which was upheld on review. The case represents only the second time that a big five audit firm has been disciplined. (Administrative Hearing, California Department of Consumer Affairs 2000)

Lockheed v. State of California

Represented the State of California in an action arising out of a failed $130 million contract to develop a child support enforcement data processing system. Seven-week trial in Sacramento held in late 1999. (Cal. 1999)

Van Natta v. Keisling

9th Circuit and District Court litigation invalidating Oregon constitutional requirement that legislators raise campaign contributions from within their districts. 131 F.3d 1215 (9th Cir. 1998)

Van Natta v. Keisling

Oregon Supreme Court case invalidating Oregon's campaign contribution limits. 324 Or. 514, 931 P.2d 770 (Or. 1997)

Oregon Waste Systems, et al. v. Department of Environmental Quality

A suite of cases, on behalf of Tidewater Barge Lines and Finley Buttes Landfill Co., holding Oregon's out-of-state waste fees are in violation of the Federal Commerce Clause. 511 U.S. 93, 114 S. Ct. 1345, 128 L. Ed. 2d 13 (1995)

Gilliam County v. Environmental Quality Commission

Suite of cases holding Oregon's out-of-state waste fees as violation of the Federal Commerce Clause. 316 Or. 99, 849 P.2d 500 (1993)

Watkins v. Westinghouse Co.

Defended federal DOE contractor in a series of cases and appeals involving miscommunications regarding pension benefits and/or errors in calculation of early-retirement adjustments. In Watkins, appellate court directed entry of judgment for defendants. 12 F.3d 1517 (9th Cir. 1993)

Drummond v. State of Oregon

Litigation invalidating Tri-Met's (transportation system) proposed tax on petroleum products. (1986)

Audit defense for Washington Employment Security Department

Defended audit by Washington Employment Security Department seeking unpaid taxes for workers classified as independent contractors.
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