5597-S2 AMS PADD S4535.1
2SSB 5597 - S AMD 1077
By Senator Padden
NOT ADOPTED 02/10/2022
On page 8, beginning on line 20, strike all of section 8 and insert the following:
and 2018 c 113 s 405 are each amended to read as follows:
)) In any action to enforce this chapter, the court may allow the prevailing ((plaintiff or plaintiffs, other than the state or political subdivision thereof,
))party or parties
reasonable attorneys' fees, all nonattorney fee costs as defined by RCW 4.84.010
, and all reasonable expert witness fees. No fees or costs may be awarded if no action is filed.
(((2) Prevailing defendants may recover an award of fees or costs pursuant to RCW 4.84.185.
Correct any internal references accordingly.
EFFECT: (1) Authorizes courts to award attorneys' fees, court costs, and witness fees to prevailing defendants in all cases, not solely frivolous claims.
(2) Removes provisions allowing prevailing plaintiffs to recover attorneys' fees and costs incurred before filing the action.
(3) Removes provisions allowing prevailing plaintiffs to recover attorneys' fees and costs if they can demonstrate that they altered the political subdivision's behavior, even if no relief or favorable judgment was obtained.
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