Washington Law Review


Numerous state and federal statutes award winning litigants attorney's fees from losing litigants. The Washington long arm statute, section 4.28.185(5) of the Revised Code of Washington, allows prevailing nonresident defendants to recover their attorney's fees from losing resident plaintiffs. The statute provides that when defendants are personally served outside the state on causes of action enumerated in the statute, the court may require a plaintiff to pay the defendant's reasonable attorney's fees. This Comment argues that the judicial implementation of this provision inappropriately inflicts injury upon Washington plaintiffs while often failing to protect nonresident defendants.

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