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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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Policyholders Beware: Two CGL Endorsements May Limit Your Liability Coverage (Part 1)
Insurers have recently added novel endorsements to commercial general liability, or CGL, policies, both of which may impact a policyholder’s coverage. We have analyzed two that may create serious roadblocks to coverage for Washington policyholders: t...
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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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