Social Welfare & Regulatory Liability
Claims We Defend
- Negligent licensing claims
- Negligent inspection and investigation claims
- Claims for failure to enact and enforce laws
- Claims that government environmental or land use regulation were wrongful or violated the Constitution
- Business loss and interference with contract and employment claims
Mr. Tardif successfully defended the Governor and the State from claims that the State was liable for several dozen deaths resulting from an alleged conspiracy and the failure to enforce proper access restrictions around the Mount St. Helens volcano eruption in 1980. Karr v. State, 53 Wn.App. 1 (1988).
Mr. Tardif, Mr. Freimund and Ms. Croft have also represented the State in many cases that have substantially narrowed the liability of government agencies for licensing, inspection, and investigation. Hartley v. State, 103 Wn.2d 768 (1985); M.W. v. DSHS, 149 Wn.2d 589 (2003); White v. State, 131 Wn.2d 1 (1997); McKinney v. State, 134 Wn.2d 388(1998); Deveraux v. Abbey, 263 F.3d 1070 (9th Cir. 2001); Murphy v. State, 115 Wn. App. 297 (2003); Halleran v. NuWest, 123 Wn. App. 701 (2004); Aba Sheikh v. Choe, 156 Wn.2d 441 (2006); Caldwell v. Hoquiam, 194 Wn. App. 209, 373 P. 2d 271 (2016); Wrigley v. State, 195 Wn. 2d 65 (2020).