Debt Buyer Beware

April 20, 2020 Posted in Case Law Review

The Ninth Circuit held that a business that was engaged in and profited from buying consumer debt, but outsourced direct collection activities to another company, qualified as a “debt collector”...

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CARES Act Modifies U.S. Bankruptcy Code

April 1, 2020 Posted in Legislative Update

On March 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. Among other things, the CARES Act made some important changes to the U.S....

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Significant Changes to the Bankruptcy Code Provide Relief to Small Businesses

February 1, 2020 Posted in Legislative Update

Effective February 2020, Congress enacted the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (“SBRA”), which amended the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and now gives small businesses a meaningful opportunity of...

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Lender’s Agent Has Authority to Complete Foreclosure

January 15, 2020 Posted in Case Law Review

After a lender had completed a foreclosure of a deed of trust, the homeowner sued the lender and the lender’s servicing company for violating Washington’s Deed of Trust Act contending that the...

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Attorney’s Creative Use of Receivership and a Disgruntled Landlord

November 1, 2019 Posted in Case Law Review

To escape a commercial lease, a law firm dissolved and agreed to the appointment of a receiver. The law firm’s sole attorney then formed a new law firm and continued to provide legal services to the...

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Measure Twice Before Cutting

October 1, 2019 Posted in Case Law Review

Washington’s Supreme Court has clarified that timber trespass is a strict liability tort. This is significant because strict liability does not require proof of negligence or intent to do harm. This...

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Landlord Liable for Injury that Occurred on Leased Property

May 1, 2019 Posted in Case Law Review

Washington’s Supreme Court ruled that a landowner may be liable for injuries to a tenant’s employee that occurred due to defective equipment within the leased area, even though the tenant has...

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Bankruptcy Trustee Gets the Upside

December 15, 2018 Posted in Case Law Review

The Ninth Circuit rejected a debtor’s attempt to update the value of her exemptions in light of changes to the value of her residence after she filed bankruptcy. The debtor filed her bankruptcy in...

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Contractor Must Provide Written Notice of Protest to City

October 1, 2018 Posted in Case Law Review

A contractor was hired by the City of Olympia to replace a deteriorating culvert. The contract contained a standard “notice of protest provision” that required the contractor to give a signed...

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Big Changes to Washington’s Condominium and HOA Laws

July 1, 2018 Posted in Legislative Update

The Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (“WUCIOA”) was adopted by the Washington State Legislature in March of 2018 and became effective on July 1, 2018. WUCIOA is a comprehensive...

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