Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 18,800+ case briefs...

Zellmer v. Zellmer

Supreme Court of Washington
188 P.3d 497 (Wash. 2008) (en banc)



Mr. Zellmer (defendant), Mrs. Zellmer’s (plaintiff) second husband, was supervising Mrs. Zellmer’s daughter from her first marriage. Mr. Zellmer left the child, Ashley, alone and she walked outside to their pool and drowned. Mr. and Mrs. Zellmer had only been married for three months, during which time Mr. Zellmer was unemployed. Mrs. Zellmer and Ashley’s father brought suit against Mr. Zellmer for negligence. Mr. Zellmer moved for summary judgment and his motion was granted by the trial court on the basis of the parental immunity doctrine. The court of appeals affirmed. Ashley’s parents appealed on the grounds that Mr. Zellmer did not qualify as immune under the doctrine because he did not support Ashley financially and did not discipline Ashley because Mrs. Zellmer felt that he did not know her well enough.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Madsen, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Alexander,C.J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 498,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 498,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 18,800 briefs, keyed to 985 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial