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Bankruptcy Risk for Contractors Caught in the COVID Squeeze
The global pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the economy and the construction industry in particular. This includes supply chain delays and wild fluctuations in the price of building materials like lumber and steel. Just recently, Katerra f...
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New Homestead Exemption Significantly Impacts Property Owners
In case you missed our blog post on Bank Law Monitor last month regarding the Homestead Exemption, significant changes to the Washington homestead statute were made that impacts property owners and contractors alike. Senate Bill 5408 became effective...
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Addressing Material Price Escalation
The cost of certain critical construction materials has risen exponentially. Global steel production dropped in response to COVID-19, decreasing supply, increasing price. Engineered wood products are scarce, with material suppliers rescinding prior c...
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Revisit a Lease Form with Lessons from the Pandemic in Mind
This was originally published in The Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon. COVID-19 affected businesses of all kinds, but few more completely than commercial landlords. The early months of the pandemic saw landlords and tenants alike carefully scrutiniz...
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Big News for the Offshore Wind Industry in Oregon
Wind energy is rapidly expanding as a source of renewable energy in the United States and across the world. At present, the main focus of Oregon's wind energy industry has been inland, primarily on the Columbia River Plateau in north central Oregon....
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Vaccines Open Up in Washington for Construction Workers
The big news from Governor Inslee’s March 18th news conference is that workers in congregate settings (restaurants, manufacturing, and construction) will now be eligible for vaccines. See Governor Inslee’s announcement. In addition to construction w...
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