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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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Washington Agreements Attempting to “Buy Back” Insurance Policies after Loss Invalidated
Parties facing responsibility for long-tail events such as environmental contamination or asbestos exposure can face staggering joint-and-several liabilities. Often, old occurrence-based liability policies offer the only potential source of insurance...
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Washington Court of Appeals Makes It Easier for Policyholders to Tap Excess Coverage
A recent Washington Court of Appeals decision held that “horizontal” exhaustion of primary liability policies was unnecessary to trigger coverage by excess policies. This will make it easier for policyholders to tap excess liability insurance coverag...
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Prevailing Wage Calculation Method Challenged and Determined to Be Unconstitutional
Public works contractors must pay prevailing wages as required by state law. RCW 39.12.010. Twice a year, the industrial statistician for the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) sets the prevailing wages that are used to determine the wages for em...
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Policyholders Beware: Two CGL Endorsements Seek to Limit Your Liability Coverage (Part 2)
This is Part 2 in our series analyzing newer endorsements to commercial general liability, aka “CGL,” policies, both of which may create serious roadblocks to coverage for Washington policyholders. In this post, we analyze a “defense costs” endorseme...
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Washington Supreme Court Provides First Guidance on CDC Eviction Moratorium Days Before the Emergency Measure is Set to Expire
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, scant interpretive guidance has been provided to help businesses, individuals, and attorneys to navigate the various emergency orders and moratoriums concerning evictions in Washington. On July 22, just over...
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