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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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“Continuous or Progressive” Damage Exclusion under Commercial General Liability Policies Leads to Catch-22 for Builders and Developers

Commercial General Liability (“CGL”) Insurance policies generally cover an insured for costs the insured becomes obligated to pay due to “bodily injury” or “property damage.”  Thus, on their face, CGL policies appear to cover an insured for a host of potential costs.  However, as many insureds know, a number of exclusions work to limit this seemingly expansive coverage.  Two common … Continue reading »

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New Opportunities for Dental Practices and Dental Support Organizations

Effective July 23, 2017, a new law (Substitute Senate Bill 5322) resolves many long-running conflicts between licensed dentists and dental support organizations, which are typically not owned by licensed dentists.  The bill brings clarity to a number of issues, though some issues remain unaddressed. Dental support organizations have used creative methods to make inroads within Washington’s dental industry. Creativity is … Continue reading »

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