Lane Powell PC

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1420 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 4200
P.O. Box 91302
Seattle, WA 98111-1302, United States
Phone: 800.426.5801
Fax: 206.223.7107
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  • Administrative Law
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
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  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
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  • Labor & Employment Law
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100+ Attorneys

ERISA (7th Circuit): Are ERISA Plan Forum Selection Clauses Enforceable?

You already know that ERISA gives plan beneficiaries a choice on where to bring suit seeking ERISA benefits. Section 1132(e)(2) allows plan beneficiaries to bring suit “in the district where the plan is administered, where the…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

What Employers Should Do Now to Comply With the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017

Equal Pay Act Overview - Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently signed the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017 into law. Although Oregon law already prohibited gender discrimination in the payment of wages (e.g. paying men more than…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Wage/Hour — Washington Supreme Court — Two Recent Tips Regarding Meal Break Liability

What happens in Washington when your employee fails to take a meal break? Is the employer “strictly liable” for a statutory wage/hour violation? NO…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Is There a Possible Limit to an Insurer’s Duty to Defend in Washington State?

In a recent decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed Western District of Washington Judge Ronald B. Leighton’s decision finding no duty to defend negligence claims arising out of a murder-suicide…more
 /  Criminal Law, Insurance

ERISA: Winning Early Motions to Dismiss Breach of Fiduciary Claims — the Ministerial Defense

Plaintiffs in ERISA employee benefit cases are frequently asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims, and then seeking broader discovery. So, consider early motions to dismiss the breach of fiduciary duty claims…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Brokers Are Creators, Too: Using Copyrights to Leverage Real Estate Listings

Using copyright law proactively equips creative real estate professionals with the tools to protect their created content. Among the most important assets a real estate professional creates and relies on are the photographs and…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential

No Idle Matter — D.C. Circuit Holds that State’s Attempt to Regulate Locomotive Noise is Preempted by ICA and ICCTA

States and municipalities commonly attempt to curb or eliminate noise generated by locomotives and rail cars as they pass through their jurisdictions. A recent attempt by the state of Delaware to shut down idling locomotives was…more
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Mandatory Arbitration of Securities Disclosure Disputes Is a Bad Idea—For Defendants

SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar recently said that the SEC is open to allowing companies that are going public to provide for mandatory shareholder arbitration in their corporate charters. Piwowar’s remarks have prompted a…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology

Second Circuit Applies Morrison to Rule 23 Predominance Analysis, in In re Petrobras Securities, but Rejects Third Circuit’s “Heightened” Ascertainability Requirement (July 7, 2017)

On July 7, the Second Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part an order by Judge Rakoff of the S.D.N.Y. certifying two classes in the In re Petrobras Securities litigation, — F.3d –, 2017 WL 2883874 (2d Cir., July 7, 2017)…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

A Toxic Pairing: Discovery Misconduct and Juror Neuropsychology in a Plant Patent Trial

The most important plant patent trial of the early 21st century just took place in northern California. California Berry Cultivars v. The Regents of the University of California sorts out “stakeholder” rights associated with…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

ERISA: Whether the Ability to Work Only Part-Time Disqualifies Claimant from “Any Occupation” Benefits?

You know that in typical ERISA disability benefit claims, the claim administrator first determines whether claimant’s disability prevents the claimant from performing claimant’s current, “own occupation.”…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

What Employers Need to Know About Washington’s New Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Law

On Wednesday, July 5, Governor Inslee signed a Paid Family and Medical Leave law with strong bipartisan support. The new state law, one of the most expansive in the country, provides for a total of up to 18 weeks of paid leave…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Marijuana Facilities Are Subject to Odor and Other Air Pollution Regulations in Washington State

The Washington Clean Air Act governs air emissions and that includes the production and processing of marijuana. Whether the regulatory body is the Washington Department of Ecology or one of seven regional clean air agencies…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

ERISA 2nd Cir.: Four Things to Know When Trying to Offset Personal Injury Lump Sum Settlements — It Can Be Off-Putting and Tricky

You already know that most ERISA plans allow the Plan to reduce or offset long term disability payments by amounts the disabled worker receives from workers compensation or Social Security…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury

Matal v. Tam: Supreme Court Rules USPTO Prohibition of Offensive Marks Based On Disparagement Clause Is Unconstitutional Under the First Amendment

Historically, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has refused to register trademarks considered to be offensive in that they disparaged a particular person, group or institution. Now the PTO cannot deny the registration…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property
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