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Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC Investigating Washington Condo Resale Certificate Overcharges


Tousley Brain Stephens is currently investigating potential overcharges for condominium resale certificates in Washington. Washington law sets a maximum charge of $275 for a condo resale certificate, but we have received reports that some condo owners may have been charged more for their certificates. If you have sold your condo in the past few years […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Tousley Brain Stephens’ Client Resolves Claims in $325 Million Neurontin Class Action Settlement

Pfizer Inc. has agreed to pay $325 million to resolve claims it defrauded insurers and other healthcare benefit providers by marketing Neurontin for unapproved uses. In the decade old class action lawsuit, TBS client, ASEA/AFSCME Local 52 Health Benefits Trust (ASEA), alleged that Pfizer and Warner-Lambert Co. sold Neurontin in an effort to boost profits […]

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Tousley Brain Stephens Investigating Major Data Breach at Premera Blue Cross

Tousley Brain Stephens is currently investigating a major data breach at Premera Blue Cross and related companies in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Stolen data may have included customers’ social security numbers, birth dates, home addresses, email addresses, bank account information, and even medical information. The data breach occurred in May 2014, but […]

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TBS Sues Lumber Liquidators Over High Levels of Formaldehyde in Its Laminate Flooring

Tousley Brain Stephens filed suit today against Lumber Liquidators, the nation’s largest flooring supplier, over allegations that some of its laminate flooring emits dangerous amounts of formaldehyde, a known cancer-causing substance. As first reported on 60 Minutes and other media outlets, independent lab testing of Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring showed that it emitted formaldehyde […]

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Tousley Brain Stephens Investigating Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese Laminate Flooring

As reported in late February 2015 by 60 Minutes, certified labs have revealed that Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring allegedly has the highest formaldehyde levels they have ever measured. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen. On average, the labs report formaldehyde emissions six to seven times levels allowed under California standards. In addition, the television […]

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Jacob D. C. Humphreys Joins Tousley Brain Stephens

Tousley Brain Stephens is pleased to announce that attorney Jacob D. C. Humphreys has joined our team of superb lawyers and business advisors. Jake has experience in a variety of commercial litigation matters. He has represented clients in federal and state courts in matters ranging from breach of contract, trust and estate litigation, and intellectual […]

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Tousley Brain Stephens Closes $20.7 Million Deal for Chainqui Development

TBS attorneys Mark Deife and Chris Brain and TBS paralegal Amy Smith-Phifer successfully closed a $20.7 million deal for Chainqui Development on January 15, 2015. Chainqui purchased the Sheridan Apartment building, located at 2011 Fifth Avenue in Seattle. The Sheridan’s property encompasses 57 apartment units and a parking lot. Chainqui is working with a Seattle […]

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Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC Investigating Exploding Glass Sunroofs

Tousley Brain Stephens is investigating claims that glass sunroofs from various manufacturers spontaneously explode, which can shower the occupants with broken glass. Failures can occur at highway speeds or even while parked. Reports of problem appear widespread across manufacturers and models, including: – Hyundai Veloster, Sorrento, Santa Fe, and Sonata; – Kia Optima, Sportage, and […]

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