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…

Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers owner Paul Allen is getting a little wealthier. Earlier this month a previous employee was ordered to pay $45,000 to Vulcan, Inc, which Allen co-founded. For almost 30 years, the company has managed investments and projects of Allen’s. Allegedly, the hostile work environment included mistreatment, sexual harassment, and illegal activity….

In a striking example of a major internal dispute within an organization, police lieutenant Rachel Andrew filed a lawsuit against chief Mike Reese and captain of the North Precinct Chris Davis in Portland, Oregon. According to a recent article in the Portland Mercury, the federal civil rights lawsuit claims the two plaintiffs deliberately punished Andrew…

The entrepreneurial spirit may be alive and well inside you, but what should you do if you don’t have a great idea for a new business? Start by researching thriving businesses and enlisting the help of a Seattle lawyer to help get your company off the ground. Seattle Business Insider recently listed what they consider…

Signing a commercial lease is probably one of the most important things business owners do when they acquire or start a company. One main reason why the lease is so important is because they often come with a “right to relocate” clause, and business setup in Seattle and throughout the Northwest can become complicated when…

Disturbing reports from Oregon and other Northwestern states reveal young workers are more likely to face sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and are less likely to seek help from discrimination defense lawyers in the Portland areas. As many as one in three teens in Oregon have experiences some form of sexual harassment at…

When you acquire or start a business, you have to decide if you want your company to be an LLP, a LLC, or a corporation. You may be familiar with these terms, but do you know how they’re different and what they mean for your business? After writing your business plan, receiving your funding, and…