Non-economic damages are award to compensate you for harm to your quality of life. They’re not available for all claims, but they are recoverable for certain business claims that are characterized as torts. Only a nihilist or a tort-reform fanatic would posit that damages should be limited to what money one earns or doesn’t earn….

Just as people generally don’t get married with the expectation of getting a divorce, parties seldom enter into partnership agreements with the expectation of ending up in court. Regardless, however, disputes commonly arise in legal partnerships. A solid partnership agreement typically includes alternative dispute resolution and dissolution terms designed to guide partners through an unresolvable…

It’s not every day you see boilerplate legal agreements splashed across the headlines , but nondisclosure agreements (“NDAs”) have attracted a great deal of media attention recently. The scandals that have shifted our focus towards NDA enforcement have raised more than a few eyebrows, as well as novel questions of law. After all, how can…

When you’re trying to decide whether it’s time to dissolve a business partnership or not, the first step is to come up with the reasons why you feel you should. Are there any obvious incentives to dissolving the partnership now and striking out on your own or finding new partners to work with? One of…

Sometimes, our business endeavors don’t go our way. Sometimes, they open doors to new and exciting business possibilities. In either case, it’s often necessary to dissolve your business so you can move on, or go back to the drawing board. How exactly do you dissolve a business though, and when do you involve your Portland…

If you are going to start a business in Washington State, it is a big job. There are so many items to research and track of, which can get overwhelming fast. With a lawyer practiced in Seattle business strategies, however, the process can become much smoother. When do you hire a lawyer though, and what…

As a business owner or an Independent Contractor (IC), it can be frustrating when clients don’t make good on their payments. If you’ve ever sent an invoice to a client for services or products, you expect to be paid. What, though, happens when the payment is extremely late or never comes? At what point do…

In Boston, lawmakers decided not to include the restriction of the non-compete agreement in their Economic Development Bill session last Thursday.  The bill is meant to spur jobs in the region, and non-competition agreements were just one of many items up for debate. According to the Seattle PI, Governor Deval Patrick said the state should…

In what seems to be a battle between old school and new technology, Seattle taxi drivers are engaged in business litigation with UberX, whose web app enables anyone with a car to offer paid driving services. According to a recent GeekWire article, the Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association acknowledges they have taken a financial…

There are dozens of policies, rules, and laws that govern employment in Washington State. Business owners have to know and abide by these laws to avoid business litigation issues from employees and to stay in compliance with state and federal regulations. It may take years for a business owner or an employee to become familiar…