If you are a business owner, then you have certainly had employees handling some of your money or property before. It is a necessary part of being a business owner that you trust some of your business’s money to an employee, whether it is a clerk collecting money at the cash register or a high-level…

Every year, hard working Washington and Oregon business owners are involved in employment discrimination lawsuits and are not prepared to defend themselves in court, even though they may very well have been in the right all along. There are a wide range of types of discrimination lawsuits out there, including race, age, religion, ethnicity, gender,…

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….

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…

Another lawsuit has been filed against Target. The reason for these lawsuits is because the retailer had a substantial security breach during the holiday season, jeopardizing the sensitive data of tens of millions of customers. Because this lawsuit is taking place in Washington state, the plaintiff is accusing Target of violating the Washington Consumer Protection…

Most health and fitness businesses know about liability waivers. The weights, treadmills, and other equipment almost guarantee someone will be injured. Whether it is due to poor stretching, misuse of the machine, or simply tripping, the waiver saves you time and money. Most Seattle business attorneys, however, will tell you that the businesses are not…