Brian Werst

Brian Werst

K&L Gates LLP

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Naming Names: Washington Supreme Court Holds That Public Employers Must Disclose the Names of Employees Being Investigated for...

On April 2, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court held that public employees under investigation for workplace misconduct cannot prevent their identities from being disclosed in response to a request for public records. The...more

4/7/2015 - Public Disclosure Public Employees Public Records Public Schools Records Request WA Supreme Court Willful Misconduct

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Nixes Hospital System Acquisition of Physician Practice Group: Preserving Competition Trumps Better...

On February 10, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (which covers Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii and Arizona) ordered St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd. (“St....more

3/3/2015 - Antitrust Litigation Antitrust Provisions Divestiture FTC Hospital Mergers Hospitals St. Luke's The Clayton Act

Show Your Work: Washington Supreme Court Awards Attorney’s Fees in Public Records Case for Failure to Provide “Brief Explanation”...

The Washington Supreme Court has long endorsed a liberal construction of the Washington Public Records Act (PRA), calling it a “strongly-worded mandate for broad disclosure of public records.” Hearst Corp. v. Hoppe, 90 Wn.2d...more

12/29/2014 - Attorney's Fees Personally Identifiable Information Public Disclosure Public Records Redaction

Washington Grants Public Employees Two Days Off Per Year for Reasons of Faith or Conscience or Organized Religious Activities

In recognition that the holiday calendar for many religions is based on the lunar calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar, the Washington State Legislature recently amended the statutory definition of “Legal holidays and...more

4/14/2014 - Employee Benefits Employee Rights Religion Unpaid Leave

New Help Remembering Your Continuing Disclosure Obligations

The life of a tax-exempt bond issuer is not always sunshine and discounted money. Your bondholders look to you not only for notifications of material events, but also for routine continuing disclosures of financial and...more

7/31/2013 - Disclosure Requirements EMMA MSRB SEC Tax Exemptions Tax-Exempt Bonds

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