Lane Powell PC

If More States Vote ‘Green’ This November, Some Believe It Could Be ‘The Beginning of the End of the War On Marijuana’

Next month, voters in five more states will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana. As reported by The New York Times in an insightful article on this issue, some legalization advocates hope a (green) thumbs up from…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts

Washington Supreme Court Announces New Rule on Attorney-Client Privilege: Post-Employment Communications Between Corporate Counsel and Former Employees Are Discoverable

In a 5-4 decision, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the attorney-client privilege does not shield post-employment communications between corporate counsel and the corporation’s former employees. In Newman v…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law

Are We Headed into a Perfect Storm of Securities Class Action Filings?

The history of securities litigation is marked by particular types of cases that come in waves: ..the IPO laddering cases, which involved more than 300 issuers and their underwriters; ..the Sarbanes-Oxley era “corporate…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Securities Law

Small Companies and Those Not Certified Under the Safe Harbor Face Hidden Costs in the EU/US Privacy Shield Certification Process

The Privacy Shield in a nutshell. The Privacy Shield permits U.S. businesses to process and control the personal data of individuals, aka data subjects, located in the European Union (EU). Without the Privacy Shield,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

ERISA: Are Social Security Administration Disability Decisions, Made After the Final Claim Decision, Part of the Administrative Record?

Are Social Security Administration disability determinations, issued after the final appeal decision, part of the ERISA administrative record? NO. Plaintiffs often seek reversal of a denial of ERISA-governed disability…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law

New Uniform Power of Attorney Act, Effective January 1

Washington’s new Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPAA) will repeal and replace the current Power of Attorney Act, effective January 1, 2017. While an existing power of attorney document (POA) that was valid when executed will…more
| Civil Procedure, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Cashed Cannabis: Required Reports for Amounts Exceeding $10,000

Is your cannabis business ready for an IRS exam? IRS examinations are increasingly focused on IRS Form 8300 reporting requirements. These requirements are the result of USA PATRIOT Act provisions requiring all trades or…more
| Business Organizations, Taxation

Keeping It Confidential: How to Build a Better Nondisclosure Agreement

One misconception is that NDAs must contain certain exclusions as to what constitutes confidential information. Although these exclusions commonly appear in most forms of NDA’s, no law or rule requires they be part of the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy

No Small Potatoes: Patenting Spuds in an Era of Gene Silencing

During a 1911 journey—in which he would discover Machu Picchu—Hiram Bingham’s exploration party came across native Peruvians who “lived almost entirely on gruel made from chuño, frozen bitter potatoes. Little else than potatoes…more
| Agriculture, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

OLCC Eases Transition From Medical to Recreational Marijuana Sectors (and Releases Related Business Resources)

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) recently adopted new rules designed to ease the transition from the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) to the OLCC regulated recreational marijuana industry. The rules address…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts

GMO Food Labels, Our Emotions and the “Rationalist’s Delusion”

Politicians often referred to a 90% consumer preference for food labels signaling the existence of genetically modified ingredients—or GMOs as they are known—during this year’s congressional hearings regarding the now enacted…more
| Agriculture, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Despite Legal Challenge, Employers Should Plan to Comply with New DOL Overtime Regulations

On September 20, more than 50 business groups and 21 states filed two lawsuits in the Eastern District of Texas challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime regulations. These regulations will, among other…more
| Labor & Employment Law

ERISA: How Do You Spell (Equitable) Relief?

In an ERISA case, what does it take to assert a claim for equitable relief? If the complaint does not assert an alleged breach of fiduciary duty, the claim for equitable relief should be dismissed… Here’s the case of Owens…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

ERISA: Court Establishes New Incentive to Bring Early Motions to Dismiss “Breach of Fiduciary Duty” Claims

You know that in ERISA cases most courts typically will limit review to the administrative record, absent special circumstances. Courts may also allow limited discovery when assessing whether a “conflict of interest” affected…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

BIG BROTHER: Seattle’s Secure Scheduling Ordinance Will Be Watching Employers’ Every Move

On September 19, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a secure scheduling ordinance that will regulate how large retail stores and food-service employers schedule workers working in Seattle. Mayor Ed Murray is expected to…more
| Labor & Employment Law
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