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….

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…

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…

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…

Lesson: Do your homework before filing suit. According to NBC News, a trial judge in Chicago dismissed a lawsuit filed against Chicago-based Boeing relating to the disappeared Malaysia Air flight. Perhaps taking CNN’s approach of speculation-as-news a bit too seriously, the Chicago firm asked the judge to order documents turned over regarding Boeing’s contractors, various…

With certain exceptions, Oregon and Washington law both generally recognize and enforce contracts, even if they are not rendered in writing. The most critical issue that arises is one of proof. While you may be able to get to trial on a jury issue of whether there was in fact a verbal agreement (based on…

Our society is hungry for lawsuits. It seems some people seek out business litigations in Seattle purposely either for money or to prove a point. While any business can suffer, it is especially harmful to small businesses that don’t have the finances to pay lawyer fees, court costs, and settlements. There are, though, steps you…

There’s a debate raging on about how fair non-competition agreements are and how to find the right balance between protecting employers’ valuable information and fostering entrepreneurship. The basic issue is the fact that employees are exposed to valuable data while working for an employer, including client lists, processes, marketing strategies, financials, and more. This is…

Very often, early in the course of representing clients, the same question comes up: “What do you think about sending a demand letter to the other side?“ A demand letter (frequently in the form of a cease-and-desist letter) is just what it sounds like: a written demand that the party that has caused harm tender…