No. 101444-9.

535 P.3d 418 (2023)

Certification from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington in Matthew and Melanie NELSON, Plaintiff, v. P.S.C., INC., Defendant.

Supreme Court of Washington, EN BANC.

Filed September 21, 2023.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Jason Anderson , Thomas Tyler Santiago , Anderson Santiago, PLLC, 207b Sunset Blvd. N., Renton, WA, 98057-5517, for Plaintiff.

Timothy John Fransen , Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP, 900 Sw 5th Ave. Fl. 24, Portland, OR, 97204-1235, for Defendant.

Coco Avery Holbrook , Northwest Justice Project, 300 Okanogan Ave. Ste. 3a, Wenatchee, WA, 98801-6940, Brian Dosch , Dosch Law, 1111 W. Yakima Ave., Yakima, WA, 98902, Jill Lynn Mullins , Northwest Justice Project, 401 2nd Ave. S. Ste. 407, Seattle, WA, 98104-3811, for Amicus Curiae on behalf of NW Justice Project.

Amanda Nicole Martin , Northwest Consumer Law Center, 936 N. 34th St. Ste. 300, Seattle, WA, 98103-8869, for Amicus Curiae on behalf of Nw. Consumer Law Center.

Riddhi Mukhopadhyay , Sexual Violence Law Center, 101 Yesler Way Ste. 300, Seattle, WA, 98104-2552, for Amici Curiae on behalf of Sexual Violence Law Center, Legal Voice.

Marc Rosenberg , Lee Smart PS Inc., 701 Pike St. Ste. 1800, Seattle, WA, 98101-3929, Angela Laughlin Brown , 1601 Elm Street, Suite 4600, Dallas, TX, 75202, for Amicus Curiae on behalf of ACA International.

¶1 The certified questions in this case ask us to interpret Washington's so-called marital bankruptcy statute, RCW 26.16.200. The marital bankruptcy statute generally shields spouses and the marital community from liability for each other's separate, premarital debts. However, the statute contains an exception permitting creditors...


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