Utility Rent for Use of Rights-of-Way Court Rule

Utility Rent for Use of Rights-of-Way Court Rule. On August 1, 2018, King County Superior Court Judge Samuel Chung issued an oral ruling granting summary judgment to water, sewer and electric utilities that King County cannot charge the utilities rent for the use of county roads and rights-of-way. A formal order reflecting the Court’s decision will be prepared and presented to the Court in the near future.

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On November 7, 2016, the King County Council adopted Ordinance 18403 purporting to authorize the imposition and collection of “rent” from water, sewer, gas and electric utilities using county roads and rights-of-way. The County anticipated the Ordinance would generate $10,000,000 per year for the County’s general fund. On December 29, 2017, King County’s Facilities Management Division adopted Rules for Determining Franchise Compensation intended to implement the Ordinance. The Rules went into effect on January 29, 2018.
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Former Seahawk Attorney Richard Leigh Named to Bellevue College Board of Trustees

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Bellevue College (BC) recently announced that Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Richard Leigh to its board of trustees. The six-member board’s duties include setting the college’s strategic direction, establishing policy for the college, and approving budgets.

Leigh currently acts as general counsel for SEIU 775 Benefits Group, a non-profit healthcare entity, serving on their senior leadership team where he oversees all legal matters, including board governance, compliance, litigation and risk management.


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Bethany Payton-O’Brien Joins Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Law Firm As Partner

Bethany-Payton-OBrienTully Rinckey PLLC has announced that Bethany L. Payton-O’Brien has joined the firm’s San Diego, C.A. office as Partner. As a Partner at Tully Rinckey PLLC, she focuses her practice on security clearance representation and military law, including litigation, dispute resolution, criminal law and administrative law. She can represent clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, as well as military review boards and trial courts.

“I am honored to join the Tully Rinckey team and look forward to continuing my expertise in military law to help those in need of my legal services. If you are a serviceman or servicewoman facing a disciplinary hearing or a military legal matter, you can count on my sound and experienced legal representation,” said Payton-O’Brien. Continue reading “Bethany Payton-O’Brien Joins Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Law Firm As Partner”

Can I Appeal My Personal Injury Case Judgement?

Personal Injury Law - Can I Appeal My Personal Injury Case JudgementWhen a case goes through federal or state court, it is entitled to a review process called an appeals court. Cases tried in civil court are also eligible. The appeals court’s function is to reexamine the judge’s decision and go through the proceedings to find out if any errors were made. If the appeals court finds that an error contributed directly to a wrong decision being made by the judge, the appeals court is entitled to repeal or to reverse the decision.
The way this works is that the lawyers for both parties have to submit “briefs,” which are an explanation to the court of why they believe an error has or has not been made. Continue reading “Can I Appeal My Personal Injury Case Judgement?”

What Is An Anti-Harassment Order Of Protection In Seattle?

Seattle Protection Order Law - What Is An Anti-Harassment Order Of Protection In Seattle_In the new age of technology, harassment is only increasing. If you live in the Seattle area and are being repeatedly harassed by someone, you don’t have to live in fear. There are orders of protection that you can file that can stop you from being a victim. In Washington, it is illegal to harass someone. Under domestic violence laws, if you are being harassed there are various ways that you can seek to have the other person stop.
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