Just as your relationship with your business partners can seem like a professional marriage, the end of a business partnership can be something like a divorce. Some partnerships end with every jointly owned item prompting a near fight to the death, which resembles mutual destruction instead of a professional break. Other partnerships reflect mutual respect…

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…

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….

Starting your own business is an intimidating and exciting process. Once it becomes successful though, there are more ventures to consider. You can continue as one location while reinventing products to keep customers interest. The other option is to become a franchise. As your Seattle business lawyer will tell you, it is a route to…

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…

Many small business owners, negotiate services without writing contracts. They go into business deals as sole proprietors or freelancers, and don’t often consider what they would do if a client wanted their money back after delivered services, or even worse, if they sued. It’s not wise to ignore this possibility, because somewhere along the way,…

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…