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May 2014 Archives

Construction Defect: Faulty Insulation Leads to Hot Homes

Congrats! You've survived your first week of summer weather in the Pacific Northwest. If you're like me though, 90+ temperatures mean you're actually spending more time inside, mooching off whoever is wise enough to pay for air conditioning. Though the winter is where construction defects become the most apparent, the hot summer months can be just as revealing.

I 502 Marijuana Law Update: Taxation Legality Challenged

One of the most widely used arguments for recreational marijuana legalization is now being challenged as violation of federal law. A lawsuit recently filed in Washington asks whether Washington State can legally tax an activity that is illegal under federal law.

Migration Boosting Construction, Reducing Vacancies in Oregon

Have you noticed that Oregon is changing? In the metro areas anyway, the apparent influx of people to Oregon in recent years has seemingly changed everything from the landscape to the traffic. But change isn't always a bad thing, especially for local rental and construction industries.

Portland, Seattle among top Small Business cities in the US

Sometimes big cities don't seem like the most welcoming places. In the Pacific Northwest, however, our cities offer much of the big city accessibility while maintaining a small-town quality of life. It turns out those welcoming qualities extend to small businesses, where both Portland and Seattle were recently rated among the top cities in the country for thriving small business.

Marijuana Law: Oregon Court to Weigh State vs. Federal Law

A few weeks ago we wrote about local moratoriums on medical marijuana sales in Oregon. As with Washington's recreational marijuana regulations, cities in Oregon were given the choice to enact local one-year bans on medical marijuana dispensaries. As the deadline to enact the bans passed yesterday, Oregon's resistance to medical marijuana became clear. More than 150 cities and counties decided to enact the bans. Though some chose to ban the dispensaries reluctantly, others were firm in their opposition, even claiming the moratoriums do not go far enough.

Construction contractor's obligation to pay subcontractors

Generally, it's safe to assume when someone does work on a construction project, that person will expect to be paid. How soon that obligation to pay arises, however, is likely determined by the contract between the parties. In some cases, when it comes to a prime contractor paying its subcontractors, that obligation might never arise.

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