Michael R. Scott
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Mike is the Chair of the firm’s Litigation Group. His practice focuses on litigation involving a wide variety of commercial disputes in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and in arbitration and mediation forums. His cases have encompassed the following areas: securities litigation; patent, trademark, and copyright infringement; software quality disputes; employment discrimination and wrongful discharge; product liability; unfair competition and antitrust; real property; and contract disputes. Mike also regularly serves as an arbitrator and mediator, and as a court-appointed special master.
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC: I represent Credit Suisse in cases brought by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago for rescission and damages under the Securities Act of Washington. The Banks alleged misrepresentations in connection with their purchases of over $300 million in residential mortgage backed securities.
Cutshaw v. Weyerhaeuser Co.: I represented Weyerhaeuser Company in an action brought by 242 residents and property owners in Aberdeen, Washington, involving Weyerhaeuser's Cosmopolis Mill. Plaintiffs asserted claims under the Model Toxics Control Act, the Hazardous Waste Management Act, and Washington air pollution regulations, along with a variety of traditional tort claims. A jury verdict on the claims of the first 22 plaintiffs awarded those plaintiffs less than one-tenth the total amount of damages sought. Appeals were filed by plaintiffs and Weyerhaeuser, and a favorable settlement was reached soon thereafter.
In re AT&T Mobility Wireless Data Servs. Sales Tax Litig.). I represented the Washington class of plaintiffs in federal multidistrict class action litigation arising out AT&T Mobility’s collection of taxes on internet access through iPhone data plans, Blackberry data plans, other smart phone data plans, laptop connect cards, and pay-per-use data services, in violation of the Internet Tax Freedom Act. The settlement of the case resulted in the recovery of over $20 million for Washington class members. In re AT & T Mobility Wireless Data Servs. Sales Tax Litig., 789 F. Supp. 2d 935 (N.D. Ill. 2011).
Merrill Lynch; Citi; J.P. Morgan; Edward D. Jones & Company; Oppenheimer; Fidelity; and D.A. Davidson & Co.: I have handled a wide variety of securities cases for these and other clients in state and federal courts and before arbitration tribunals of various regulatory organizations. I've represented stockbrokers and securities compliance officers in connection with regulatory enforcement proceedings. I also regularly serve as an arbitrator and mediator in securities cases.
I usually spend my Bainbridge Island ferry commute absorbed in a book. I have a longstanding interest in German language and literature, and have been fortunate to live and travel in Germany on a number of occasions. I love to cook, run, hike, and bike.