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WASHINGTON COURT OF APPEALS WEIGHS IN ON LIEN RELEASE BONDS

Date: January 17th, 2017

Division III of the Washington Court of Appeals recently clarified a significant grey area in the construction lien statute in Inland Empire Dry Wall Supply Co. v. Western Surety Co.. Specifically, the Court weighed in on who a lien claimant must sue in a foreclosure … Read More »

$16B TRANSPORTATION PACKAGE WILL KEEP CONTRACTORS BUSY HERE FOR YEARS TO COME

Date: August 24th, 2015
Categories: Industry News

The volume of construction work that’s already underway and that’s set to begin here in Washington will have contractors looking back someday on these being the boom times. There are the ongoing mega projects like the Big Bore, the Seawall, and the 520 Bridge—projects that … Read More »

VICTORY FOR CONTRACTORS IN OLYMPIA: GOVERNOR SIGNS VENUE BILL

Date: May 1st, 2015

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law HB 1601. For far too long, Washington counties had contracted around existing Washington law that gave a contractor the choice to sue a county in either that county, or one of the two nearest … Read More »

WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT SIDES WITH EMPLOYERS OVER THEIR WORKERS’ COMP IMMUNITY

Date: September 24th, 2014

Last week the Washington Supreme Court held in favor of employer immunity under Washington’s workers’ compensation program in a case closely watched by Washington’s construction and business communities. The case involves employer liability for asbestos exposure 28 years ago, but the Supreme Court’s decision will … Read More »

DEVELOPMENT PERMITS ARE NO LONGER HOSTAGE TO CHALLENGES TO PERMIT REGULATIONS

Date: April 10th, 2014

This morning the Washington Supreme Court issued a decision that may go a long way toward eliminating challenges to the legality of land use regulations as a tactic for derailing a developer’s permit application. Today’s case involves a proposed development at Point Wells, a 61-acre … Read More »

AGC SUPPORTS EMPLOYER IMMUNITY FROM SUIT IN SUPREME COURT

Date: March 4th, 2014

A pending lawsuit against The Boeing Company threatens to impose new liability on Washington contractors whose employees have been exposed to toxic or harmful substances on a jobsite. The case involves employer liability for asbestos exposure 28 years ago, but the outcome of the case … Read More »

CONTRACTORS’ INSURANCE RIGHTS WINS ROUND IN COURT

Date: August 14th, 2013

The AGC of Washington recently gave amicus support in successfully persuading the state’s highest court to grant special review of a case that could be important to construction contractors’ insurance rights. The case involves the circumstances in which an insurance company must defend its insured. … Read More »

LIQUIDATED DAMAGES IN WASHINGTON

Courts will enforce an assessment of liquidated damages if the amount of those damages was reasonable at the time the contract was signed. Courts will not enforce liquidated damages when the amount of damages specified is unreasonable and is, therefore, a penalty. Also, courts will … Read More »

SUPREME COURT BROADLY ENFORCES LIABILITY INSURERS’ DUTY TO DEFEND POLICYHOLDERS

Date: March 20th, 2013

For the second time in as many months the Washington Supreme Court has decided an important insurance case, and has once again come down on the side of the insureds, ruling against the position taken by the insurance industry. The new case declares that insurance … Read More »

SUPREME COURT SAYS INSURANCE COMPANIES CAN’T SHIELD THEIR CLAIM-ADJUSTING PROCESS

Date: March 4th, 2013

In a case decided on February 21, the Washington Supreme Court declared that insurance companies must investigate, process and resolve insurance claims openly with the insured, even if that means forfeiting the insurer’s attorney-client privilege. An insurance company faces a conflict of interest whenever it … Read More »