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Residential Construction Contracts

Construction is moving again.  From mega-projects like the SR99 Tunnel and the SR520 bridge to new housing projects down to the modest bathroom remodel, these improvements bring great benefits to our communities. They also carry endless possibilities for disputes through misunderstandings, mistakes or even overt misconduct.  Owners and contractors in large projects work closely with […]

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Epinephrine auto-injectors in schools

The death of a Texas middle-school student last week is another high-profile anaphylaxis tragedy.  Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be fatal.  Emergency treatment for severe cases involves prompt administration of a shot of epinephrine (adrenaline) and a call to 911 (the epinephrine shot wears off in a few minutes and additional treatment may […]

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Public Solicitation Under the JOBS Act: the SEC Giveth and the SEC Taketh Away

The landscape for raising capital will soon change.  The Securities and Exchange Commission has published final rules that for the first time will allow companies to publicly solicit investors for certain unregistered securities offerings.  But the new rules require more stringent accredited investor verification standards as a condition of public solicitation.  In addition, the SEC […]

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Seattle’s New Criminal Background Check Ordinance

Employers beware! Effective November 1, 2013, a new City of Seattle ordinance (pdf) will severely restrict a private employer’s ability to ask about and use the criminal conviction history of its job applicants and employees. So what’s a Seattle employer to do? Here are some things you should consider: 1. Prepare for these new restrictions. The ordinance […]

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Steve O’Ban Appointed to State Senate

ELM Partner Steve O’Ban has been appointed by the Pierce County Council to the vacancy in the Washington State Senate created by the death of Senator Mike Carrell.  Steve served this last term in the Washington State House of Representatives after being elected in November 2012.  He will continue to practice law at ELM; in […]

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ELM Partner to Serve in Olympia

Congratulations to our partner Steve O’Ban, for winning a seat to the Washington state House of Representatives!  Steve will serve on the Business and Financial Services, Transportation and Judiciary Committees. He is the assistant ranking member of Judiciary. Steve will be representing the 28th District, which encompasses a swath of Pierce County that includes Joint […]

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Chase that Dream!

How often have we wanted to make a meaningful impact for good on the world and then surrendered to complacency because of a voice in our head that says “but what can I really do?” Maybe some inspiration will dampen the doubts and fears that rein us in. Buy This Land, written by ELM partner […]

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): An Unusual Opportunity for Certain Immigrants Who Came to the U.S. as Children

Beginning August 15, 2012, relief is available to out-of-status or undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, and who meet certain criteria. The new rules mean the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will not initiate removal proceedings against eligible applicants, and will further grant such applicants work authorization.  There are nearly 28,000 potentially […]

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