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Questions concerning the laws, criminal justice system, civil court procedures and related topics specific to the State of Washington, NOT Washington, DC. For questions pertaining to Washington DC use the "district-of-columbia" tag.

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"One-time discount" fraud: is any crime committed?

A retailer offers a one time discount to new customers. The T&C clearly state that the discount is limited to one time per household. However, Bob discovers that in practice he can just create new ...
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Must medical providers initiate a refund when they charge a customer more than the insurance-adjusted amount?

Assume an individual in the United States went to a medical provider and got charged at the end of the visit, by the provider's billing staff. The billing staff knew that this visit was partially ...
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Does the term "need" carry any legal weight in the context of a police officer claiming they "need" to see your ID?

Consider that in most states you are not required to furnish identity documents on demand, (unless you are being arrested, or pulled over in a traffic stop) what is the status or required level of ...
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Do tenants need consent to sublease?

If I’m a tenant and my landlord lets me have my camper on the property, do I need my landlord’s permission to lease the camper? How might the answer change if the agreement is informal—for example, if ...
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Is company under receivership in Washington State obligated to pay for use of occupied property before deciding to assume or reject lease?

Under Washington State law, it appears that companies under receivership have no hard and fast timeframe under which they are required to decide if they wish to assume or reject a lease executed ...
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Is it an independent and additional offence to have a fake passenger (e.g., a mannequin) to try to avoid HOV violation detection?

Reading https://ktla.com/news/local-news/carpool-violator-busted-in-southern-california-despite-next-level-dummy/amp/ (mirror) made me wonder: is it illegal to have a fake passenger (e.g., a mannequin)...
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Are entertainment venues in the US required to make sound level logs publicly available?

I read about France: Another part of the regulations concerns information that must be provided to the public. Night clubs and venues that can host more than 300 people are now required to ...
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Is "3 months prior" always interpreted unambiguously in laws?

Consider the following law: (2) A landlord seeking to increase the rent upon expiration of the term of a rental agreement of any duration shall notify the tenant in writing three months prior to the ...
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Does a Durable General Power of Attorney extent to voting rights?

If a person had a durable general power of attorney for another person as a result of that person being disabled but not incompetent, would it be legal to sign a ballot and cast a vote on their behalf?...
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Is Walgreens legally liable for lost film?

If I gave a roll of film to Walgreens to develop and they lost it, what are my chances of winning if I sue them for the time spent to take the photos in addition to the film?
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Would a person have any recourse if a cop slashes their tires out of the blue for no reason?

(I'm not asking for personal legal advice, nor am I involved in this situation) In a video posted to Instagram Reels (and on Reddit), a Seattle Police Department officer can be seen slashing the rear ...
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What state does a web hosting service get sued in?

Bob uses a web hosting service. He has a dispute over a bill and did not get a customer service solution. Bob wants to take the web hosting service to small claims. The terms of service state: This ...
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What could Microsoft do, if someone uses their software with violating the terms of uses [closed]

Related question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/57930170/can-you-run-sql-server-developer-edition-on-a-live-production-windows-server In this question, What could Microsoft do with taking legal ...
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Commercial Use of Steam Digital Reviews

After analyzing the Steam Web API Terms of Service and the Subscriber Agreement, it is unclear to me whether the reviews, which are otherwise freely available through Steam's official programmatic ...
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Arrested for trespassing in church open to public [closed]

A friend in WA State was recently arrested and indicted for criminal trespassing at a church. Video evidence is clear: no disruption. No outstanding warrants nor trespass. A member of the church said ...
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Can one legally use force to stop someone from damaging their property? [duplicate]

Alice is throwing rocks through Bob's house's windows. Bob asks Alice to stop, but she ignores him, and continues. Is Bob legally allowed to use force to make Alice stop damaging his property? ...
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Is it illegal to warm up your car?

According to this article, the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 46.61.600 prohibits people from starting their cars in Washington State if they're unoccupied. However, it's a common practice for ...
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Why are jurors asked if each element of a crime is proved, rather than the crime as a whole

After seeing the State of Washington Jury instructions for manslaughter as quoted in this answer https://law.stackexchange.com/a/96079/388, I'm wondering why the instruction is "if... each of ...
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WA rules HOA and outdoor cats

Are HoAs in Washington state allowed to ban outdoor cats and restrict cat owners to keep cats indoors only? Thank you
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If you are a state employee, what responsibility does your employer have to provide legal council when you are acting on its behalf?

This question came up during public records training at a public organization in Washington state, but I am interested in the general case. That said, I've provided the specific hypothetical about ...
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How do computer trespass laws intersect with public records laws in Washington state?

Suppose a state-run organization in Washington state receives a public records request that is broad (but not overly broad). In attempting to fulfill the request, an employee discovers that some ...
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Is a thumbs-up emoji considered as legally binding agreement in the United States?

I read that a thumbs-up emoji considered as legally binding agreement in Canada. Is a thumbs-up emoji considered as legally binding agreement in the United States? If state-specific, I am mostly ...
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Is there a statute requiring contractors to bill in a timely manner?

Let’s say that Bob has work done to his home. Some payments are made per the contract, but the final payment requires some adjustments to be made to account for changes agreed to during the project, ...
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In washington state can a landlord suddenly rescind an agreed rent renewal with no forewarning?

First section below is the detailed scenario of the requested relevant law(s), and below that is the questioning of the scenario's legality: Abby has a lease that ends in May, and was offered a lease ...
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Prevailing party is partially successful and there is an agreement regarding attorney's fees [closed]

There is an agreement between two parties that in the event of a lawsuit to recover fees, the prevailing party is to be awarded attorney's fees. A lawsuit results in the plaintiff being awarded only ...
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Illegal to renew cat's urinary food prescription if no yearly examination in WA State, USA?

My friend's cat had emergency bladder stone surgery a couple of years ago. They put the cat on prescription urinary food my friend ordered online. The vet is refusing to renew the prescription because ...
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Is making napalm illegal in Washington state?

Is making it illegal in WA? Can I make it but not use it? Is there a special place/location where it must be used? These are all questions that have baffled me for a while now.
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Overcoming a presumption of guilt

Give the legal adage "innocent until proven guilty", would a requirement by the state to overcome a presumption of guilt only by signing, under penalty of perjury, a "declaration of non-...
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Can I have a vehicle towed that’s parked in the fire lane by my apartment?

The issue is as the question states. I rent an apartment with far too few spots for the amount of people in my building. This is remedied by there being excess spots in front of other apartment ...
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In Washington State, is a petition void or nul if there's no judge's signature for 476 days after filing with clerk's stamp?

Is there a "lazy judge rule" for civil procedure in WA state? In Indiana: Failure to Rule on a Motion and Delay of Judgments Under T.R. 53.2, if a judge takes a cause tried to the court ...
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Limits on right to demand a jury?

Section 21 of the Washington State Constitution states: The right of trial by jury shall remain inviolate, but the legislature may provide for a jury of any number less than twelve in courts not of ...
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Implications of lots of non-permitted work in a house purchase/sale [closed]

Looking at houses, we have found one that has been completely redone (footings to rafters in many places) but without permits for the most part. The original house was from 1908, it was redone and ...
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Can I record a disciplinary hearing with school officials in WA state

My child is 12 and has a long documented disability. The (public) school district has not provided appropriate support and has even mislead me on qualifications of the paraeducator assigned to him. ...
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In Washington state, can a Home Owners Association allow home owners to keep pets, but not renters?

My friend lives in an apartment building in Washington where the bylaws allow home owners to keep dogs and cats, but states that renters are not allowed to keep any pets. Is this legal according to ...
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How close from a bus stop sign am I allowed to park my car in Washington state?

I wonder how close from a bus stop sign I am allowed to park my car in Washington state. If that depends on the city, I'm interested in Spokane. If that depends on the county, I'm interested in ...
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How would I get rid of a lawsuit that incorrectly names me as the defendant?

Somewhere on the Internet, there's an obscure business directory that has me incorrectly listed as the local Little League sports program. For the purposes of this question, assume the entry reads as ...
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Default judgement on failure to respond to summons

In the case "Raising Cane's USA, LLC et al v. Twins Chicken Inc", Plaintiff delivers a summons and Defendant appears to never reply. After 3 months, Plaintiff voluntarily withdraws their ...
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My car was towed out of the city to another county, do city laws apply to maximum fees?

My car was Towed out of Seattle and into Burien, the Seattle website listing maximum fees a towing company can charge says "From private property in Seattle", am I correct in reading that as ...
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*Buecking* holding finds that cooling-off days for decrees of transitory legal separation do not count for in rem decrees of divorce

The Buecking holding unambiguously finds that cooling off days for transitory decrees of legal separation do not count for cooling off days in rem decrees of divorce. The Dissolution Act of 1973 ...
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Is self-defense allowed when there are objectively reasonable grounds but it is actually done subjectively for improper reasons?

Suppose that someone uses deadly self-defense in circumstances when it would have been objectively reasonable to do so (e.g., someone has a gun pointed at you and has threatened to shoot). But, the ...
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Valid definition of "vagrant" per Washington state law

RCW 9.66.010 suggests that in "every place... [w]here vagrants resort... [e]very act unlawfully done and every omission to perform a duty, which act or omission [s]hall offend public decency"...
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Is volunteer work subject to the same labor laws as paid work?

Is volunteer work subject to the same labor laws (only 3 hours during school days + Minor Release form for students, for example) as paid work? More specific question: can a minor work unlimited hours ...
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A contractor did nothing including no contact for over 90 days - can he put a lien now? [closed]

Suppose a person A had a contractor B do work on A's home that ended six months ago and then there was some followup paperwork that last had action in April. The last communication was in May. ...
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Would a lifetime gym membership be subject to bankruptcy proceedings?

A person in the state of Washington purchases a gym membership that entitles them (and them alone) to visit the gym for the rest of their lifetime, in exchange for a single lump sum payment. A few ...
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Landlord charging fee for pets we don't have

We are moving out of an apartment in Cheney Washington and our landlord is charging us a fee for having pets, but we have never had a pet of any kind in the apartment. Is that legal?
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Can a married couple be charged with a traffic infraction?

In the state of Washington USA, my daughter and son-in-law were joint recipients of a red light camera ticket. The law clearly states that the "operator of the motor vehicle" is responsible ...
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Would I be liable for damage caused by a vehicle fault, if a mechanic has told me the fault doesn't exist?

Hypothetical situation: I notice my car's brakes are making funny noises, so I take the car to my mechanic to have it checked out. The mechanic inspects the car and informs me that the noise is ...
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Renting a property for more than one year

I read the following sentence on a website regarding rental properties in Washington: In Washington State, if your lease is longer than 1 year a Legal Description of the property is required along ...
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Storage unit restricted access and forced a move before contract termination

I leased a storage unit in Washington State, USA. The contract states that I needed to give notice to vacate before the 20th of the month and that I need to vacate before 5:00 pm on the last day of ...
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I was offered a job, but the contract concerns me

I have been offered a job, but while looking over the contract I found a paragraph that concerns me. I don't want to lose the right to any software that I write or develop outside of the company that ...
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