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Oregon’s Statute of Repose May Block Common Law Environmental Claims

Oregon’s 10-year statute of repose may now play a bigger role in environmental lawsuits in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA),…more
| Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Environmental Law, Personal Injury, Toxic Torts

The Washington Supreme Court Mandates New Obligations for Employers Under State Law to Accommodate Employees’ Religious Beliefs

In a dramatic shift in Washington state law on accommodating religious beliefs, the Washington Supreme Court’s decision in Kumar v. Gate Gourmet, Inc. recognized, for the first time, that the Washington Law Against…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

US Supreme Court Rules in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International Case Regarding Software Patentability

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in the anxiously awaited Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International case (13-298). The issue in this case was whether a computerized system, method, and computer-readable medium for intermediated…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

IRS Identifies ‘Attorneys-in-Fact’ as Potentially Required to File Under the Foreign Bank Account Reporting Rules

Most United States persons who have foreign financial accounts are aware that they must file an annual report to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with respect to these accounts. Less well known, however, is that individuals…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

First Take on Halliburton II: The Price-Impact Rule May Not Have Much Practical Impact

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. (Halliburton II) may well have the lowest impact-to-fanfare ratio of any Supreme Court securities decision. Despite the social-media-fueled…more
| Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

Washington State Proposes Increasing Scope of B&O and Sales Taxes

The Washington Department of Revenue recently announced that it intends to substantially revise Rule 193, its administrative rule regarding B&O and sales taxation on sales of tangible personal property. Major proposed changes…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Taxation

ERISA (1st Cir.): Lack of Cooperation During Functional Capacity Evaluation Bars Disability Claim

But what happens when the claimant refuses to perform tasks requested, or does not try hard enough during the FCE?…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Internships: Yea or Nay? A good program will generate benefits, but be sure to do it right.

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were interns. Best companies use internships to win the war to recruit talent. The website Internships.com indicates that 56 percent of employers plan to hire more interns this year, up 9 percent from…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Tips to Help Avoid Class Action Litigation

Taking advantage of recent case law developments can assist financial institution employers in avoiding and/or minimizing their exposure to class and collective action litigation. For example, courts have become increasingly…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

ERISA: “Derivative Standing” Allows Medical Provider To Obtain Reimbursement From ERISA Plan

Medical providers often have a patient/ERISA plan participant assign rights under an ERISA health care plan to allow the medical provider to seek payment for medical services provided…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Health, Insurance

The Washington Court of Appeals Strengthens the Ability of Lenders to Obtain Summary Judgment Against Commercial Guarantors on Post-Foreclosure Deficiency Claims

Post-foreclosure deficiency lawsuits against guarantors of commercial loans can be expensive and time consuming — particularly when measured against the sometimes uncertain collectability of the deficiency judgment. Under…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial

M&A Brokers: Don’t Forget State Laws

On January 31, 2014, the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) granted no-action relief permitting certain business brokers to facilitate the sale of privately-held companies and receive transaction-based…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

The Flexible, Discretionary Standard: United States Supreme Court Lowers Threshold for the Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees in Patent Cases

Patent cases are risky and expensive — often extremely expensive. The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Octane Fitness LLC and Highmark, Inc. enhance litigation risks in patent infringement suits where high stakes are…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Washington Court Rules Insurer’s Duty to Defend Environmental Liability is Triggered by Agency’s Explicit or Implicit Threat of Immediate and Severe Consequences

A party faced with strict liability under the Washington Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) for the costs of cleaning up environmental contamination often has insurance that might apply, but a lingering question has been at what…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Insurance, Toxic Torts

Innovation with Clean Diesel Construction

When I hear that a real estate project is faced with environmental issues, the first thought that comes to mind is not one of compromise and collaboration. Instead I imagine pitchfork yielding activists, greedy developers and…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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