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January 2014 Archives

Filing a CCB Complaint

If you anticipate a dispute with your contractors, whether it's over work they've done or work they should have done better, you don't have to worry about a long, drawn out litigation process to voice those concerns. By filing a complaint with the Construction Contractors Board (CCB) dispute resolution services, you can sometimes sidestep litigation and avoid the tremendous costs that come with it.

Avoiding Construction Liens

The construction business inherently involves a lot of uncertainty and trust. Just to get a job done you have to trust you've hired the right contractor, trust that contractor to hire the right subcontractors, and also trust that those subcontractors are doing satisfactory work. There's simply not enough time to supervise every aspect of the job for yourself. If you've had a construction lien filed against your property, however, you know there is one aspect of the job you should not pass off.

I 502 Marijuana Law Series: Medical Marijuana

For the second entry in our I-502 Marijuana Law series we wanted to touch on the differences between medical marijuana sales and recreational sales in Washington, and the negative effect I-502 may have on medical marijuana businesses. If you missed it, check out our first entry on zoning for recreational sales here.

Reasonable Attorneys' Fees in Workers' Compensation Claims

When workers' compensation claims turn into contentious litigation, sometimes the attorneys' fees can end up outweighing the total claim amount. Though this might cause you to wonder, what's the point of the fight, the fact is many workers' compensation statutes allow for successful claimants to recover reasonable attorneys fees incurred in engaging in litigation. Unless the court thoroughly explains why it feels the amount is unreasonable, it should not reduce the award amount.

I 502 Marijuana Law Series: Zoning

Location, location, location. If you're thinking of opening any business, you'll likely begin by asking yourself "where?" For the first entry in our I-502 series, we'd like to shed a light on some of the zoning challenges the I-502 marijuana law poses for new businesses in Washington.

Creating Substitute Construction Contracts

Earlier this week we shed some light on the consequences of cancelling construction contracts. As we noted, things can change in an instant in the construction business, causing us to reconsider the contracts we signed. Fortunately, those changes don't always necessarily lead to contract cancellation.

Bringing Business Claims in Federal Court

In business, everyday issues give rise to a countless variety of claims. Depending on the character of the issue, it may give rise to a claim that you must bring in federal court in order to protect your business. This can be a scary proposition if you aren't familiar with the process, and in certain circumstances should be avoided.

Avoiding Construction Contract Cancellation costs

Though we don't normally plan to, any number of factors can lead us to cancel construction contracts. This is especially true in the construction context, where even a rainy day can cause us to halt or abandon construction entirely. If construction contracts are not carefully considered before execution, these cancellations can be extremely costly.

Washington Marijuana Law (I-502) blog series

Marijuana will undoubtedly become a great new frontier for entrepreneurs if it continues to trend toward legalization in the United States. In Colorado, marijuana sales topped $5 Million in the first week sales became legal. 

Elder Financial Abuse: On the Rise in Oregon

We've previously discussed Oregon's aggressive efforts to prevent elder abuse. Unfortunately despite those efforts, reports of elder abuse have continued to increase dramatically over the last few years.

Construction Spending Uptick in 2013

Whether it's a ranch-style house in Camas or a colonial home in Irvington, we all envision building or buying our dream home one day. In 2013, it seems more and more people made those dreams a reality. Recent residential construction rates indicate new home construction went up nearly twenty percent from 2012, with the sale of new homes rising by almost nine percent. That's a lot of new homeowners.

A WARN Act Primer for Employers

You've heard it a million times: finding a new job is easiest if you're already working. It's one of life's great ironies, but it is seemingly true. That's why sudden business closures and layoffs with no warning can have such a dramatic effect on those facing unexpected unemployment. In just the first quarter of last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over 150,000 layoffs in the private sector alone.

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