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COVID-19 UPDATE

In the mere days since our last newsletter, the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak have undergone several seismic shifts. Lether Law Group is continuing to monitor the situation in order to develop swift and accurate responses to any questions that...

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A Washington Court Rejects an Argument for Expansion of “Material Change” Rule Relating to the Obligation of an Insurer to Re-Offer Previously Rejected PIP Coverage

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage is a product of statute in Washington. RCW 48.22.085. The statute requires insurers to offer PIP coverage for any new policy issued in Washington. However, the insured is not required to accept PIP coverage. Regarding...

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Expanding Back Home

As some of you may know, Tom Lether was raised in Hawaiʻi and maintains strong connections with his island home. For this reason, Lether & Associates is extremely excited and proud to congratulate Kasie Kashimoto for passing the Hawaiʻi State Bar and becoming...

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Join Eric Neal for an Audio Webinar

Eric Neal will be presenting an audio webinar for the National Business Institute on October 16th. "Insurance Bad Faith 2019: Hot-Button Issues and New Case Law," will be streaming from 1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The subject of his presentations will...

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Leather and Associates

On August 20, 2019 Lether & Associates celebrated our Firm's anniversary. We started our day with an all office Foosball tournament and breakfast served by Sam Colito. We then headed to Interbay Golf where we had a fun day of playing golf. As expected, awards and...

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Memorial Day

To those in uniform serving and to those who have served in the past, we honor you today and every day. Lether & Associates would like to wish everyone a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend. As a reminder, the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion is June...

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Spring and Geese

Spring has arrived here at Lether and Associates. Lately we have seen the signs of the new season. The sun is starting to show. The cherry blossoms are in bloom and Seattle is emerging from another winter. For our firm, however, there is no better sign of Spring than...

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Snowpocalypse

As most of you know, during the last two weeks in Seattle we all experienced an interesting and unusual winter storm. Despite the snowy and icy conditions, Lether & Associates made it through and remained open for business providing our clients with uninterrupted...

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Recipes For Success

Food binds people together. Food comforts and nourishes us. Food creates memories for a lifetime. We hope that our successful family recipes help create loving and lasting memories for you and your loved ones, just like they do for us. Happy Holidays From LETHER...

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Tom Lether on Mediation

Tom Lether was recently interviewed and featured in the True Neutral Newsletter in regard to his perspective on mediation. Tom was specifically asked about what makes for a successful mediation and how he sees the role of mediation in the current litigation climate. A...

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Washington Caselaw Update

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court issued a new decision that may have a significant impact on the business of insurance in the State of Washington.  The new decision, Xia v. Probuilders Specialty Ins. Co., is the first Washington appellate...

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Washington Court’s Most Recent Analysis on “Arising Out Of” Language in the Context of UIM Claims

The case specifically involved questions of whether there was underinsured motorist (“UIM”) coverage for an injury to an insured pedestrian resulting from the intentional firing of a gun from an uninsured pickup truck. In the decision, the Supreme Court addressed two certified questions from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. These specific questions involve whether the subject injury arose out of the use of the motor vehicle and whether the shooter’s intent was material.

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