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always Appealing: A Judgment is a Judgment, is a Judgment . . . But Not in Washington

October 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Howard Goodfriend

One of the recurring challenges of Washington civil appellate practice is determining whether the trial court has entered a final, and therefore appealable, judgment. Entry of a final judgment has all sorts of ramifications for the parties: only a final judgment is enforceable for purposes of collection and execution,1 and entry of judgment starts the 10-day clock for an award of attorney fees and for costs2 and the 30-day clock for filing a notice of appeal.3 This article addresses this last, most critical consequence of a final judgment, focusing on the confusing but necessary...

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