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WSHB Partner Testifies for Washington State Senate Committee in Support of Builders and Developers for Change in Condo Act Liability Law
WSHB Partner Tim Repass testified in front of the Washington State Senate Law & Justice Committee on June 13, 2018, in a work session on Washington Condominium Act (WCA) liability. The building industry in Washington has been taking aim at the current WCA for years, primarily focusing on what are deemed to be unfair and uncertain standards under the statute’s implied warranties. "We hear vigorous discussions about the need for affordable housing for first-time buyers and opportunity for renters to start building equity, much of which points towards condominiums as a solution," said Tim Repass. "Unfortunately, many developers are fearful of entering the market due to the ease and frequency by which the plaintiff bar targets condominiums, fueled by the current statutory scheme in Washington State."
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The New Epic Considerations for Employers & Arbitration Provisions
The United States Supreme Court issued a decision significant for all employers seeking strategies to avoid protracted and potentially business-ending class and collective action litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Where the Legal Winds Are Blowing
What California decisions say about extrapolation evidence in construction defect cases.
Emerging Issues in Agent/Broker Liability; WSHB Partner Michelle Arbitrio to Speak at E&O Conference
WSHB partner Michelle Arbitrio will lead a panel addressing emerging liability issues in insurance agent/broker arena at the 12th Annual Errors & Omissions Liability Insurance ExecuSummit on June 20, 2018. Erika Nelson of Allied World Insurance Company and Martin Coomber of OneBeacon Insurance Company will also participate in the panel presentation.
WSHB Case Update: Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis
On Monday, May 21, 2018, the Supreme Court issued a decision every private employer will be ecstatic to understand and implement into their practice. The majority opinion, authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, held employers: (1) may rely upon clauses in their employment contracts requiring employees to arbitrate their disputes individually; and (2) may require employees to waive the right to resolve those disputes through joint legal proceedings.