Washington Supreme Court Resolves Potential Conflict Between Two Attorneys Fee Statutes

The basic rule thus established in Williams v. Tilaye is that in order to invoke the attorney fees scheme under RCW 4.84.250-.300, a plaintiff must make an offer of settlement 10 days before the initial hearing whether it is a trial or an arbitration. Because the Plaintiffs in the Williams case did not make an offer at least10 days before the mandatory arbitration, they were not entitled to attorney fees under RCW 4.84.250-.300.