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Owner’s Design Defects Can Excuse Contractor’s Own Defective Performance
Generally, the implied warranty of the adequacy of the plans and specifications, also known as the Spearin Doctrine, allocates risk to the owner for any defect in the design of the project. This influential federal decision has been applied by stat...
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Oregon County Adopts Historic Goal Exception Allowing Beachfront Protective Structures
At the core of Oregon’s coordinated land-use-planning law are 19 “statewide planning goals.” These goals set forth policy and directives that local governments must follow in crafting their planning ordinances and zoning code. To deviate from these m...
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What the Infrastructure Bill Means for Transportation, Construction, and Real Estate in the Northwest
The much anticipated trillion-dollar federal infrastructure bill has now been signed by President Biden. Under the bill, Washington and Oregon are projected to receive billions in funds: Washington: $228 million for Seattle-Tacoma International Air...
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Who’s on First? Washington State Employer Liability at the Worksite for Safety Violations
The Washington Supreme Court handed down a new framework last week on an employer’s responsibility at the worksite for health and safety violations. The Tradesmen decision results from two separate lawsuits involving different industries in which st...
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Construction Webinar: Workplace Policies, M/WBE Certification, and Equity in Construction Contracting
The Pacific Northwest construction industry continues to advance ways to create a harmonious and diversified workplace, maximize project opportunities through M/WBE certification, and implement equity and inclusivity in public and private construct...
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Bend Continues to Plan for Affordable Housing through a Unique Urban Growth Boundary Amendment
On September 1, 2021, the Bend City Council adopted a resolution that will help move forward an innovative affordable housing pilot program. A lack of affordable housing has been a problem in many Oregon communities for years, and numerous state and...
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