Mary Kay Letourneau had sexual relations with her sixth grade student resulting in two children. This case drew international attention, with coverage by all major media outlets. Mike Patterson and Pat Buchanan prevailed for the school district on all claims, including negligent supervision, training and hiring. Teacher Mary Kay Letourneau was ultimately jailed for inappropriate sexual contact.
Defense verdict in high-profile student press case that attracted national attention. A jury found no negligence or invasion of privacy arising from the publication of an award-winning series of student newspaper articles that discussed students’ sexual histories.
Summary judgement granted, dismissing all claims, including: failure to accommodate, disability discrimination, and retaliation. The Plaintiff claimed damages in excess of $1.5 million. The Plaintiff allegedly suffered from multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and allergies to mold and other environmental irritants.
Summary judgement dismissal of a case against County over a 911 call upheld on appeal. This was a wrongful death case where The Washington Court of Appeals affirmed and concluded the "public duty doctrine" applied to 911 dispatchers.
An 11-judge en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in favour of the Catholic Church in a case testing a religious community's First Amendment right to be free from government interference in employment decisions concerning its ministers.
Washington Appeals Court affirmed dismissal of novel claim in sex abuse case. The plaintiff claimed she was unable to have a healthy relationship with her father as a result of sexual abuse he had suffered years prior to her birth while he was attending Catholic school in the 1960s and 1970s.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a 2-1 decision affirming the dismissal of a lawsuit over the school district’s use of time out in a “safe room” as an intervention method to address behavioral issues.