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Preparing for Summer: Oregon OSHA and Washington L&I Adopt New Excessive Heat and Wildfire Smoke Rules
The Pacific Northwest experienced record high heat temperatures and poor air quality due to wildfires the past few summers. Last year, Oregon OSHA adopted temporary emergency rules following a historic heat wave to protect workers from high heat and...
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Court Grants Garnishment of Unlawful Distributions and Transfers to LLC Members
Garnishment is a tool used by judgment creditors to collect on a judgment owed by the debtor-defendant. Property subject to garnishment includes monetary obligations owed by a third party to the debtor-defendant. In a recent decision by the Oregon Co...
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Retention on Progress Payments for Oregon Construction Projects is Now…Complicated
Retainage from progress payments is commonplace for most Oregon construction contractors. Traditionally, there have been few laws governing retention; almost all of the “rules” were established in the parties’ construction contract. Beginning in 2000...
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Oregon County Adopts Historic Goal Exception Allowing Beachfront Protective Structures
At the core of Oregon’s coordinated land-use-planning law are 19 “statewide planning goals.” These goals set forth policy and directives that local governments must follow in crafting their planning ordinances and zoning code. To deviate from these m...
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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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Right of Access to Public Roads: A Primer
A property owner’s right of access to an abutting public road is one of the more legally arcane sticks in the so-called “bundle of sticks” that constitute property rights. Known as a “common-law right of access,” the legal framework has developed via...
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