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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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Significant Amendments to Washington Homestead Exemption Signed Into Law
On May 12, 2021, Governor Jay Inslee signed SB 5408, enacting a significant increase in Washington’s homestead exemption. The legislation includes other important revisions addressing the treatment of homestead appreciation during a bankruptcy and th...
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Amy Robinson Speaks at AGC of Washington Webinar
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn partner Amy Robinson was the guest presenter at AGC of Washington’s Monthly Safety Forum on Thursday, February 4, 2021. Amy spoke on a number of topics surrounding legal issues related to COVID-19, including potential workpl...
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New Washington Bill Seeks to Assist Policyholders with COVID-19 Business Income Loss Claims
A Washington State Senate bill introduced last week, Senate Bill 5351, takes aim at insurers’ arguments that their policies do not cover losses caused by COVID-19 and/or related closure orders. According to insurers, their promise to pay for business...
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Are Policyholder Wins + New Closure Orders “Game Changers” for NW Business Income Insurance Claims?
The last few weeks have seen both ups and downs for companies that are pursuing business income claims. On the upside, two Washington state courts have now held in favor of policyholders, ruling that government shutdown orders can constitute “physica...
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Miller Nash Submits Second Amicus Brief in Support of Business Income Loss Coverage for COVID-19 Losses
Our policyholder-side Insurance Recovery Practice Team is proud to represent United Policyholders, Washington Hospitality Association, and National Independent Venue Association in submitting an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in opposition...
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