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Non-economic damages are award to compensate you for harm to your quality of life. They’re not available for all claims, but they are recoverable for certain business claims that are characterized as torts. Only a nihilist or a tort-reform fanatic would posit that damages should be limited to what money one earns or doesn’t earn....

The post Non-Economic Damages: What Are They, and How Do I Calculate Them? appeared first on Northwest Business Law.

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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...

The post Why You Need to Work with an Attorney During a Partnership Dispute appeared first on Northwest Business Law.

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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...

The post Taxi Drivers Demand Cease and Desist in Seattle appeared first on Northwest Business Law.

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In a striking example of a major internal dispute within an organization, police lieutenant Rachel Andrew filed a lawsuit against chief Mike Reese and captain of the North Precinct Chris Davis in Portland, Oregon. According to a recent article in the Portland Mercury, the federal civil rights lawsuit claims the two plaintiffs deliberately punished Andrew...

The post Portland Police Lieutenant Files Civil Rights Case appeared first on Northwest Business Law.

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It’s not every day you see boilerplate legal agreements splashed across the headlines , but nondisclosure agreements (“NDAs”) have attracted a great deal of media attention recently. The scandals that have shifted our focus towards NDA enforcement have raised more than a few eyebrows, as well as novel questions of law. After all, how can...

The post What to Do If Someone Breaks an NDA appeared first on Northwest Business Law.

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When you’re trying to decide whether it’s time to dissolve a business partnership or not, the first step is to come up with the reasons why you feel you should. Are there any obvious incentives to dissolving the partnership now and striking out on your own or finding new partners to work with? One of...

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Sometimes, our business endeavors don’t go our way. Sometimes, they open doors to new and exciting business possibilities. In either case, it’s often necessary to dissolve your business so you can move on, or go back to the drawing board. How exactly do you dissolve a business though, and when do you involve your Portland...

The post How-To Dissolve a Business appeared first on Northwest Business Law.

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If you are going to start a business in Washington State, it is a big job. There are so many items to research and track of, which can get overwhelming fast. With a lawyer practiced in Seattle business strategies, however, the process can become much smoother. When do you hire a lawyer though, and what...

The post How-To Start a Business in Washington appeared first on Northwest Business Law.

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As a business owner or an Independent Contractor (IC), it can be frustrating when clients don’t make good on their payments. If you’ve ever sent an invoice to a client for services or products, you expect to be paid. What, though, happens when the payment is extremely late or never comes? At what point do...

The post The Collections Process for Business Owners appeared first on Northwest Business Law.

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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...

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