With Melissa O'Loughlin White
On the Ides of March, the Washington State Supreme Court delivered the latest pronouncement on the issue of punitive damages under the archaic system of maintenance, cure, and unearned wages for maritime workers who go to sea. Clausen v. Icicle Seafoods, Inc., 2012 WL 862192 (Wash. No. 85200-6, Mar. 15, 2012), refused to overturn a punitive damage and attorney’s fee award, following what both levels of court determined to be "egregious" handling of the injured worker’s claim by his employer, the