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 »

SICK LEAVE, POT LAWS LEAVE EMPLOYERS FEELING QUEASY

Date: May 6th, 2013
Categories: Employment

Has the city of Seattle gone too far with its current safe/sick time law? If you own a business anywhere outside of Seattle, but have employees who spend a fair amount of time within the city, you probably think the answer is yes. Seattle requires … Read More »

CITY OF SEATTLE’S PROPOSED CRIMINAL BACKGROUND ORDINANCE

Date: April 30th, 2013
Categories: Employment, Legislation

At some point in our lives we’ve all filled out job applications that ask whether we’ve ever been convicted of a crime. To most of us, it seems quite normal that an employer would want to know whether an applicant has a criminal conviction in … 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 »

SAFECO FIELD CASE MEANS PUBLIC CONTRACTORS CAN’T USE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS TO DEFEND CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS

Date: February 25th, 2013

Recently, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington decided the case of Wash. State Major League Baseball Stadium v. Huber, Hunt & Nichols-Kiewit Constr. Co.  The case arose out of construction defects discovered at Safeco Field.  The Mariners and a municipal corporation that owns … Read More »

SOUND TRANSIT CASE REAFFIRMS THE NEED TO MEET CONTRACT DEADLINES

A contractor’s claim was allowed to proceed to trial even though the contractor likely did not meet each and every contract claim and dispute resolution procedure. The Court, in Northwest Infrastructure Inc. v. PCL v. Sound Transit, ruled Sound Transit’s issuance of a unilateral change … Read More »

SEATTLE’S NEW PAID LEAVE LAW HITS SEPTEMBER 1, 2012—IS YOUR BUSINESS READY?

Date: July 9th, 2012
Categories: Employment

Earlier this year Seattle became the third city in the country to require employers to provide paid sick leave and “safe” leave. Though the new law will exempt employers with less than 4 full-time employees and businesses less than 2 years old, it is sure … Read More »

WASHINGTON SUPREME COURT UNANIMOUSLY SIDES WITH CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS FOR INSURANCE COVERAGE IN COLLAPSE CASE

Date: May 17th, 2012

Today the Washington Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision on a case that the construction contractor industry has not only been watching carefully, but also directly participated in. Ashbaugh Beal’s John Riper (together with John Ahlers of Ahlers & Cressman) briefed and argued the case … Read More »