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1. See these examples from Division III of the
Court of Appeals: Kries v. Spokane Primary
Care, LLC, 190 Wn. App. 98, 362 P.3d 974
(2015)( 51 pages); Sprague v. Spokane
Valley Fire Dep’t, 196 Wn. App. 21, 381 P.3d
1259 (2016) ( 43 pages); Schuster v. Prestige
Senior Management, LLC, 193 Wn. App.
616, 376 P.3d 412 (2016) ( 36 pages).
2. See Ryan C. Black & James F. Spriggs, II,
"An Empirical Analysis of the Length of U.S.
Supreme Court Opinions," 45 Hous. L. Rev.
621 (2008) (noting a decrease in decided
cases from 250/year in the 19th century,
160 in 1986, to 65 in 2005 and an increase
in median length of opinions from 2,530
words in 1969 to 4,656 in 1974, for example.
The article also observed the proliferation of footnotes. Before 1930, footnotes
accounted for hardly any discernable length
of an opinion. By 2005 they accounted
for over twelve percent of the length of an
3. Brian Mahoney, "Posner Says Justices
Should Cut BS From Opinions," Law360
4. Reference to an unpublished decision
requires that “[t]he party must point out
that the decision has no precedential value,
is not binding on any court and is cited
only for such persuasive value as the court
deems appropriate. The party should also
cite GR 14. 1.” Crosswhite v. Wash. State
Dep’t of Social & Health Servs., 197 Wn.
App. 539, 2017 WL 169089 (2017).