Understanding a Landlord’s Ability to Increase the Tenant’s Share of Operating Expenses

In a commercial lease setting, in addition to the monthly rental payment, the tenant is often obligated under the lease agreement to reimburse the landlord for the tenant’s “Pro Rata Share” of certain “Operating Expenses” (sometimes called Common Area Maintenance expenses or CAM), which share is commonly determined by comparing the rentable square footage of the tenant’s leased space to … Continue reading »

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Washington State Passes Generous Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

On Wednesday July 5, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that will make Washington the fifth state in the nation to require paid family and medical leave for employees.  The bill is set to take effect on January 1, 2020, and provides among the most generous benefits of its kind in the country. The Basic Legal Framework … Continue reading »

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Lessons from S-Town on Estate Planning Issues Affecting Vulnerable Adults

Pop culture sometimes provides us with valuable lessons about the importance of estate planning. For example, as Trusts & Estates magazine pointed out, at the heart of the first season of the hit show Empire was a story of the trials and tribulations of business succession planning, as the head of a record company and family patriarch is diagnosed with a terminal … Continue reading »

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Washington Rejects Insurers’ Clever Attempts to Draft Around the Efficient Proximate Cause Rule

The Washington Supreme Court recently issued a new decision that restricts insurance companies with regard to their longstanding attempts to exclude pollution-related losses and draft around Washington’s “efficient proximate cause” rule. Xia v. Probuilders Specialty Ins. Co., et al. In Xia v. Probuilders Specialty Ins. Co., et al., plaintiff Xia became sick from carbon monoxide exposure almost immediately after purchasing … Continue reading »

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Can a Private Employer in Washington Test Its Employees for Marijuana?

Yes, even though Washington law permits individuals to engage in the recreational and medical uses of marijuana, a private employer can still test for and prohibit employees from using marijuana as part of its employment drug testing program. Unlike alcohol and other controlled substances, marijuana can be detected by a drug test for weeks after it has been used by … Continue reading »

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