Thornell v. Seattle Service Bureau, Inc.
- Case Date: 9/4/2015
- Project Name: Class Action Reform
On December 10, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court broadly construed the State’s Consumer Protection Act (CPA), ruling that it applies to complaints by consumers nationwide. The decision was a setback for WLF, which filed a brief urging the court to rule that the state legislature adopted the CPA for the protection of Washington consumers only, and arguing that allowing nonresidents to invoke the law would transform it into a magnet for nationwide class actions. The case before the Court arises from a car accident in Texas. The mother of one of the drivers filed a nationwide class action in Washington against the other driver’s insurance company, contending that a firm retained by the insurance company mailed misleading letters to her in Texas. The court rejected WLF’s contention that the CPA never applies to non-Washington consumers. It nonetheless stated that the trial court might ultimately conclude that Texas law governs consumer protection claims arising in Texas.
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