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Put Up Your Dukes

Employers rely on bullies. Bullies push innovation, motivate co-workers and generate business. However, bullying in the workplace creates risks, and employers are facing new liabilities for failing to address bullying. Bullying is prevalent and comes from all directions. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, an estimated 27% of Americans report experiencing abusive conduct at work, and 72% report being aware of workplace bullying. Similarly, a survey commissioned by CareerBuilder of full-time employed private sector employees indicated that 28% of employees reported having experienced or were currently experiencing bullying in the workplace.

Clean Up Your Own Mess

As real estate becomes an increasingly utilized avenue of investment, particularly in the commercial context, those involved in the purchase and sale of property must protect themselves from potential pitfalls presented by environmental regulation and enforcement. As such, it is vital that persons involved in real estate transactions be aware of and account for the fundamental federal laws governing the pursuit of a clean and healthy environment.

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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

There are hundreds if not thousands of articles out there on tips for dealing with difficult opposing counsel. But what if it’s not opposing counsel who is being difficult? What do you do when your client’s personal counsel is the one creating unnecessary strife? Whether you are the assigned defense counsel or the claims professional, you can’t just tell the insured client or their counsel to take a long walk off a short pier, so you have to find a way to make it work. If you are personal counsel, have you examined your own behavior and asked yourself why you are making things more difficult than necessary?

Jury Rejects Plaintiffs’ $3.5 Million Demand in Complex Inverse Condemnation Trial

Following a three and one-half week jury trial in Seattle, WSHB achieved unquestionable victory in a complex environmental exposure matter, involving a large, county-owned landfill. Partner Timothy J. Repass served as lead trial counsel, and successfully argued that the landfill operations and alleged fugitive gas emissions did not cause the impacts claimed alleged by multiple homeowners. Plaintiffs claimed inverse condemnation, nuisance, negligence, and other causes of action related to the failure of a landfill pipeline, and also alleged landfill operation deficiencies and fugitive emissions of landfill gas. Multiple homeowner Plaintiffs were represented by Brad Jones and Stephen Tan, and their respective law firms, out of Seattle. WSHB’s client was the sole defendant at trial.

WSHB’s Constance Endelicato Named to Business Insurance CLM’s List of Women to Watch

Constance Endelicato, partner at WSHB, is named to Business Insurance CLM’s prestigious list of “Women to Watch.” An accomplished lawyer with over 29 years of litigation experience defending healthcare providers, Endelicato has achieved an incredible unmarred record of trying over sixty jury trials and binding arbitrations, having never been defeated. Endelicato will be honored at the 12th Annual Women To Watch Awards & Leadership Conference December 14-15th at the Grand Hyatt New York, where social humanitarian and actress, Ashley Judd will deliver the keynote address.

Risk Management Alert: California Building Owners and Contractors Exposure Increases for Non-Paying Subcontractors

On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1701 into law. This law makes direct contractors liable for a subcontractor's non-payment of its employees. This law is only applicable to private, non-public work. Under AB 1701, if a direct contractor hires and pays a subcontractor to perform electrical work, and the subcontractor does not pay its employees, the direct contractor is liable for the unpaid wages and fringe benefits, plus interest, regardless of the fact that the direct contractor already paid the subcontractor. The direct contractor, however, will not be liable for any penalties resulting from the subcontractor's failure to pay.

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