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Apr 3, 2018

A Court Holds Seattle’s First in Time Ordinance for Tenants to Be Unconstitutional

In 2016 Seattle adopted an ordinance known as the “First-in-Time” (“FIT”) law requiring landlords to accept the first prospective tenant who applied and met certain pre-established standards.  The announced purpose was to eradicate implicit or unconscious bias in the selection of tenants by depriving landlords of any discretion in their choice among qualified applicants.  The ordinance required each landlord to post written notice of all criteria used in qualifying applicants as tenants both in hard … Read more

Mar 23, 2018

Who is Really Benefiting from Tort Reform and Damage Caps?

If you take the media reports at face value, all attorneys are corrupt and only looking to make a quick buck by filing as many frivolous personal injury and medical malpractice lawsuits as possible and litigating them through trial to win exorbitant jury awards which causes everyone’s insurance costs to go up.  The solution currently in place for this “problem” is tort reform legislation, but who stands to benefit from the legislation and who will … Read more

Jan 31, 2018

When a Court Struggles to Achieve the Obvious

GavelThere’s a socially cultivated sense of importance about our judicial system. There’s even an aura among some lawyers of reverence, if not sycophancy, toward appellate judges as though the work of appellate court judges is serious and intellectually demanding so that only the brightest minds can do the job.

It’s refreshing then to see an appellate court struggling with a question of great jurisprudential and social import: Whether a self-propelled lawn mower is a “motor … Read more

Aug 23, 2017

Tenant Security Deposits under Oregon and Washington Law

Apartment complexAmong the more common inquiries we receive from tenants in both Oregon and Washington relate to security deposits that they are required to provide in order to lease residential property.  The legal duties and requirements regarding tenant security deposits can be found in the two states’ respective landlord-tenant acts.  Oregon’s Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (the “Oregon Act”) is found in Chapter 90 of the Oregon Revised Statutes.  Washington’s Residential Landlord-Tenant Act of 1973 (the … Read more

Jul 27, 2017

OxyContin and Other Prescription Painkillers: Following the Tobacco Lawsuits Model?

Spilled prescription pills“Recently my advertising agency ended a long relationship with Lucky Strike cigarettes, and I’m relieved.” – Don Draper, “Mad Men”.

Like Don Draper “quitting” cigarettes, more lawmakers and health researchers are ready to fight the makers of OxyContin and other opioid painkillers.

In January 2017, the City of Everett, Washington filed a lawsuit against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma.  Purdue Pharma filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, and the court’s decision might come … Read more

Feb 23, 2017

Cover Your Tail – Protecting Against Personal Liability of LLC Members After the Company Dies

FailureOne of the principal benefits of a limited liability company is the insulation it provides its members against personal liability for company debts.  It is, however, possible to lose that protection against personal liability.  One situation where the members and managers can expose themselves to personal liability for company debts is when the company is dissolved and the members assume responsibility for paying the company’s remaining debts, winding up its affairs and distributing the company’s … Read more