The Washington state Supreme Court today kicked a nearly four-year-old lawsuit against Microsoft back to trial, siding with a former employee who alleges she was given poor performance scores in retaliation for a prior claim she leveled against the company. Dawn Cornwell, the former employee, worked at Microsoft for close to 16 years until 2012, according to her LinkedIn profile. But, according to court documents, she was laid off as part of a larger round of job cuts. She couldn’t be re-hired at Microsoft because of poor performance reviews that she didn’t learn about until several years later, the judges wrote in the opinion. She sued the company in 2015. The ruling boils down to whether Cornwell had shown enough proof that her sub-standard reviews were tied to a previous claim she had made against the company, which never materialized into a lawsuit and was settled. A King County Superior Court judge dismissed Cornwell’s lawsuit in 2016, granting Microsoft … [Read more...] about Washington Supreme Court sides with ex-Microsoft employee in retaliation suit, sends case back to trial
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The Washington State Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that the Department of Corrections (DOC) did not commit gross negligence in supervising a serial domestic abuser who murdered his girlfriend in Auburn in October 2012, two weeks after he was released from prison. Scottye Miller, now 36, was found guilty of first-degree murder in December 2013 and was given an exceptional sentence of 50 years in prison for stabbing Tricia Patricelli, 33, more than 20 times in the apartment she shared with her two daughters, who were 10 and 13 at the time, according to court records and news reports. Patricelli’s mother, Cathy Harper, filed a lawsuit against DOC in 2014, alleging Miller’s community corrections officer ignored Miller’s violations of his conditions of release, made no effort to verify where he was staying and otherwise did little or nothing to supervise him. The lawsuit was dismissed on summary judgment by a King County Superior Court judge after DOC … [Read more...] about Washington Supreme Court tosses lawsuit filed by mother of woman killed by boyfriend days after he left prison
Incumbent Justice Steven González overcame a left-field challenge from attorney Nathan Choi on Tuesday in the only contested race for Washington’s Supreme Court. González led 68 percent to 32 percent for Choi in the nonpartisan contest after initial election-night ballot counts. González, 55, a former King County Superior Court judge, was appointed to the high court in 2011 and won election to a six-year-term in 2012. He was rated “exceptionally well qualified” by 10 bar associations in Washington this time around and raised about $326,000 for his re-election bid. Choi, 46, an attorney based in Bellevue, raised no money and didn’t actively campaign. His website posted links to various conspiracy theories, including videos about the Deep State, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Titanic’s sinking. Choi was admonished by the King County Bar Association for violating its guidelines on fair campaigns after an unsuccessful bid for … [Read more...] about Gonzalez repels challenger Nathan Choi, will retain his seat on the Washington Supreme Court
Six years ago, Steven Gonzalez’s last name likely cost him votes in his first race for the Washington State Supreme Court. He won nonetheless and hopes he can keep the seat as he runs for re-election against an opponent, Nathan Choi, who has raised no money, has no bar ratings and has links on his website to YouTube videos about the “Deep State.” Gonzalez is one of three justices up for re-election this year and the only one with a challenger. Justices Susan Owens and Sheryl Gordon McCloud are running unopposed after their opponents were bounced from the ballot because they were disbarred lawyers. In recent weeks, the Supreme Court has gotten lots of attention because of high-profile rulings overturning the death penalty and life without parole for juveniles, as well as a ruling upholding the state’s reworked charter school law. But the races for Supreme Court, like most judicial contests, have drawn scant attention. Now that ballots have been mailed out, … [Read more...] about Gonzalez vs. Choi: How much will a name help — or hurt — in a race for Washington State Supreme Court?
Washington voters have no choice but to re-elect the three state Supreme Court justices running for re-election this year. Fortunately the incumbents, Susan Owens, Sheryl McCloud and Steve Gonzalez, are all eminently qualified. While there may be various points of disagreement with each, they are members of a strong, feisty and productive panel that’s also active in efforts to improve the judicial system statewide, address bias and broaden participation. Generations of Washingtonians should benefit from the current justices’ firm hand in education reform, which forced Gov. Jay Inslee and legislators to finally fulfill their constitutional obligation to amply fund public schools via the McCleary case. Only Justice Steve Gonzalez faces a challenge on the ballot, from Nathan Choi, a Bellevue attorney. Choi is not a reasonable option. He failed to abide by state campaign disclosure rules during a 2017 run for appellate judge and appears to be doing so again this year. He was … [Read more...] about The Times recommends: Retain three state Supreme Court justices