Kevin J. Hamilton

Kevin J. Hamilton

Perkins Coie

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$18 Million Fine Levied for Campaign Finance Violation in Washington State

On November 3, 2016, a Thurston County Superior Court judge levied an $18 million penalty against a trade association for violations of Washington campaign finance laws. This is believed to be the largest campaign finance...more

11/4/2016 - Agricultural Land Ballot Measures Campaign Finance Reform Corporate Counsel Farms Fines Food Labeling Food Safety Food Supply GMO GMO Bans Grocery Stores Policy Violations Political Campaigns Trade Associations Treble Damages

Seattle’s New Secure Scheduling Ordinance

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance (Ordinance) on September 19, 2016. The Ordinance imposes new requirements on certain employers in the retail and food services industries for their...more

9/21/2016 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Employer Liability Issues Fast-Food Industry Hiring & Firing Local Ordinance OCR On-Call Employees Restaurant Industry Retailers Wage and Hour Work Schedules

Defend Trade Secrets Act Contains New Immunity Notification Requirements for Employers

The new Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016, creates a new private civil cause of action in federal court for trade secret misappropriation. Prior to the DTSA, trade secret...more

5/19/2016 - Asset Seizure Confidential Information Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Economic Espionage Act Ex Parte Intellectual Property Protection Misappropriation New Legislation Private Right of Action Trade Secrets

New Law Increases Scrutiny for Importing Goods Made with Forced Labor

The federal government took another step in the fight against human trafficking and forced labor. President Obama signed into law on February 24, 2016, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA), which...more

3/4/2016 - Child Labor Corporate Counsel Forced Labor Human Rights Human Trafficking Imports Manufacturers New Legislation Reporting Requirements Slavery Supply Chain Tariff Act of 1930 Trade Facilitation Agreement Young Lawyers

Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC: Franchisors Are Not Vicariously Liable as “Employers” or “Principals” for Their Franchisees’...

In a significant win for franchisors, the California Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that although Domino’s “imposes comprehensive and meticulous standards for marketing its trademarked brand and operating its franchises in a uniform...more

9/4/2014 - Dominos Employer Liability Issues Franchises Franchisors Limited Liability Company (LLC) Sexual Harassment Vicarious Liability

Supreme Court to Hear Another Case on Class Arbitration Waivers

On November 9, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider the enforceability of a class action waiver clause in agreements between American Express and merchants that accepted its cards. The merchants filed a proposed...more

11/21/2012 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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