PLAINTIFFS' TRIAL BRIEF
filed with the SUPERIOR COURT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, WASHINGTON
Jan. 22nd 2003
HIGH, Plaintiffs, vs.
PASCO SCHOOL DISTRICT, Defendants.

TRIAL ISSUES - # 10

Is intentional conduct of Andrew S. or Jared High “fault” to be allocated?

Intentional conduct by Andrew S. or Jared High is not “fault” for purposes of allocation under R.C.W. 4.22.070.
The defendants may argue, however, that intentional conduct of Andrew S. or Jared High should be considered by the jury for purposes of fault allocation under R.C.W. 4.22.070.  It is clear that such allocation or comparison  would be improper.  That was decided in Welch v. Southland Corp., 134 Wn.2d 629, 952 P.2d 162 (1998), where a 7-11 customer sued the owner of the chain for injuries received when he was shot during a robbery at a 7-11.  In reversing the trial court’s denial of the plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment on the issue, the Supreme Court held:
Intentional acts are not included in the statutory definition of "fault," and a defendant is not entitled to apportion liability to an intentional tortfeasor. See RCW 4.22.015.
Welch, at 630.

 The court’s analysis was straightforward and succinct :

We hold RCW 4.22.015 and RCW 4.22.070, in the context here, are not ambiguous. The plain language of both statutes evidences a legislative intent that liability not be apportioned to intentional tortfeasors. RCW 4.22.070 provides for apportionment of liability "[i]n all actions involving fault of more than one entity. . . ." (Emphasis added.) RCW 4.22.015, in turn, defines fault as "acts or omissions . . . that are in any measure negligent or reckless toward the person or property of the actor or others. . . ." (Emphasis added.) As Welch correctly asserts, the statutory definition of fault does not include intentional acts or omissions. Thus, we conclude, from the plain language of RCW 4.22.015, the Legislature did not intend an entity who commits an intentional tort be considered at fault for purposes of RCW 4.22.070.
Welch, at 634.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED this 22nd day of January, 2003.

RICHTER-WIMBERLEY, P.S.
By: Jay E. Leipham, WSBA # 4961
(Attorney for Brenda High)
 

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