State of Washington
67th Legislature
2022 Regular Session
ByRepresentative MacEwen
Read first time 01/21/22.Referred to Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary.
AN ACT Relating to tort modernization; amending RCW 4.24.005; and adding new sections to chapter 4.24 RCW.
Sec. 1. RCW 4.24.005 and 1987 c 212 s 1601 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Any party charged with the payment of attorney's fees in addition to damages in any tort action may petition the court not later than forty-five days of receipt of a final billing or accounting for a determination of the reasonableness of that party's attorneys' fees. The court shall make such a determination and shall take into consideration the following:
(((1)))(a) The time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions involved, and the skill requisite to perform the legal service properly;
(((2)))(b) The likelihood, if apparent to the client, that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment by the lawyer;
(((3)))(c) The fee customarily charged in the locality for similar legal services;
(((4)))(d) The amount involved and the results obtained;
(((5)))(e) The time limitations imposed by the client or by the circumstances;
(((6)))(f) The nature and length of the professional relationship with the client;
(((7)))(g) The experience, reputation, and ability of the lawyer or lawyers performing the services;
(((8)))(h) Whether the fee is fixed or contingent;
(((9)))(i) Whether the fixed or contingent fee agreement was in writing and whether the client was aware of his or her right to petition the court under this section;
(((10)))(j) The terms of the fee agreement.
(2) In any tort action arising under Washington law in which an attorneys' fee is paid from a common fund recovery, the court shall award an attorneys' fee equal to 35 percent of the value of the common fund actually delivered to and received by beneficiaries, without regard to any other factors, including but not limited to the factors recited in subsection (1) of this section.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 4.24 RCW to read as follows:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for any statute the violation of which is remediable by an award of statutory damages, a party alleging a violation of the statute thereby alleges injury sufficient to confer standing on that complainant.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3. A new section is added to chapter 4.24 RCW to read as follows:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, when a court orders an award of statutory damages, the court shall multiply the statutory award by the percent change in the consumer price index for all urban consumers as published by the United States department of labor, bureau of labor statistics from December 31st of the year in which the statutory damages were enacted into law through December 31st of the year prior to the date of the award. This section applies to all final judgments entered on or after the effective date of this section.
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