Since 1996, there has been a lack of clarity in Washington regarding when businesses are liable for injuries to customers. The Supreme Court was divided over whether business owners are subject to liability for injuries resulting from reasonably foreseeable dangerous conditions on the business premises, or whether the business owner had to have actual or constructive notice of the dangerous condition. The difference between the two standards of liability is whether the business owner should anticipate the dangerous condition (reasonable foreseeability) versus whether the business owner has knowledge of the condition (actual or constructive notice). In Johnson v. State, a unanimous Court clarified that businesses are subject to liability for all reasonably foreseeable dangerous conditions. Ahrend Law Firm represented the petitioner advocating for this standard of liability.
George Ahrend practices law in Moses Lake, and previously served as the lawyer for the largest trial lawyers association in Washington, representing its interests before the Supreme Court in insurance, personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, product liability and similar matters.