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Tousley Brain Stephens is a Seattle law firm with a national reputation for solving complicated problems and winning cases. Founded in 1978 as a real estate boutique law firm, we now provide sophisticated business, real estate, and litigation services to clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and across the country.

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We bring experience, judgment and business savvy to our practice in four primary and complimentary areas of law.

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Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Files Suit to Stop Bakken Crude Oil Trains

Tousley Brain Stephens represents the Swinomish Indian Tribal community in litigation filed against BNSF for breach of an easement agreement limiting the number of trains and cars crossing the Tribe's reservation. BNSF recently began, without notice to or the agreement of the Tribe, significantly exceeding the limitations set in the easement by running 100-car unit trains containing highly volatile Bakken crude oil.
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Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Class Action Will Settle for $84 Million

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. has agreed to pay $84 million to settle a long-running class action lawsuit over changes the company made to annuities it sold before 1985. About 4,000 current and 29,000 former annuity owners will be eligible to share in the settlement of this case. The proposed settlement must still obtain final approval from U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman.
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