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Individual Laborers Granted Lien Rights by Court
It has been generally assumed that only licensed contractors were entitled to file lien claims in the state of Washington for work they performed on real property for which they were not paid in full.1 That assumption has now been discarded in the re...
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Isn't One Trial Enough? Jury Award Reversed and Remanded for Insufficient Evidence of Damages in Construction Contract Claim.
On October 26, 2016, the Oregon Court of Appeals reversed a general judgment and money award in favor of a general contractor because (1) the general contractor had failed to support its claim for damages for bonding and insurance costs with sufficie...
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Portland's Construction Boom
Portland is quickly joining the ranks of American cities with the most significant construction projects. According to a report Friday from the Seattle Times, Portland now ranks seventh in the nation in the number of construction cranes—just behind...
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Washington State Sets Carbon Dioxide Emission Reduction Requirements for Major Sources
Today the Washington State Department of Ecology adopted a new rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from major sources. Beginning in 2017, entities that emit more than 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year must reduce their emissions by 1...
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LUBA Decision Blocks Proposed Right 2 Dream Too Move to the Central Eastside
The City of Portland has been struggling for several years to find a permanent location for the Right 2 Dream Too ("R2DToo") tent camp, currently located at the corner of NW 4th and Burnside. An August 30, 2016, decision by the Oregon Land Use Board...
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A Housing Price Slowdown in Portland? Not So Fast
National numbers released this morning show that home prices rose 5.1 percent year to year nationwide—although, according to The Wall Street Journal, "[p]rice growth did show some sign of slowing in the country's largest cities." But is this "slowing...
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