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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 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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Commercial Landlords & Tenants: Amendment Provides Opportunities to Negotiate Deferred Payment Arrangements
Recent legislation has expanded opportunities for commercial landlords and tenants to negotiate deals to defer certain rent payments during the COVID-19 pandemic with less fear of later losing the arrearage payments as preferences if the tenant files...
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CARES Act Provides Relief for Federally Backed Property Loans and Renters
On March 25, 2020, the Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) to address the COVID-19 emergency. Although the CARES Act is still subject to final approval by the House of Representatives and being signed by...
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EPA and States Issue Temporary Policies: Air and Water Permit Compliance During COVID-19
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, federal and state environmental agencies have issued temporary policies that affect regulated entities. This blog post is intended to help summarize these guidelines and highlights pertinent questions. U.S. ENVIRONME...
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COVID-19: Delays and Force Majeure in Construction Contracts
COVID-19 now controls our day-to-day, but it may not control our existing contracts. To know the extent of its reach on construction projects, it’s important to touch on how delay is handled under contract law and specifically the role of force majeu...
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