Washington Supreme Court
This case concerns whether the Washington Consumer Protection Act (CPA) applies to a collection agency’s attempts to collect on an insurance company’s subrogation claim against uninsured motorists. The Supreme Court of Washington rejected CCS’s argument that the CPA applies only to consumer-oriented relationships. As a result of this decision, nearly any business may be subject to the CPA for any dispute it may enter into, regardless of whether that dispute involves a customer, a contract, or any other business-like relationship. NFIB filed an amicus brief in support of a motion for reconsideration.
Status: DECIDED. Amicus brief filed 04/29/09. The court expanded the reach of the Consumer Protection Act to "unfair or deceptive efforts to collect on an insurance subrogation claim.”