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Construction project owners, contractors, and design professionals sometimes fall into the trap of not giving careful consideration to the risks specific to a given project and will wait until an actual dispute arises before closely analyzing the dispute resolution provisions in a design or construction agreement. In my latest article in the Daily Journal of

Here are some useful basics if you have a dispute that may be headed to court for resolution.

  • Which court? Most civil disputes are heard in the state trial court in the county where the dispute arose. This court has different names in different states, including “superior court,” “circuit court,” and “district court.”
  • When does
  • Executive Summary

    The decision by the United States Supreme Court (“SCOTUS”) on June 28, 2024, in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, 603 U. S. ____ (2024) (“Loper”) reads simply: “The Administrative Procedure Act requires courts to exercise their independent judgment in deciding whether an agency has acted within its statutory authority, and courts may not

    Policymakers have several tools for addressing the rising issue of homelessness in their communities.  In City of Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson, No. 23-175603 (June 28, 2024), the U.S. Supreme Court (“Court”) had its first opportunity to address whether one of these tools, generally applicable laws that restrict camping on public property, constitutes “cruel and

    This post was co-authored by Stoel Rives summer associate Ryan Laws.

    On April 12, 2024, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published notice in the Federal Register of a final rule (89 Fed. Reg. 26070) that amends regulations regarding the issuance of enhancement of survival and incidental take permits under the Endangered Species Act. The

    On June 14, 2024, the WSBA Construction Law Section is hosting its midyear CLE program, “Back to the Future: Leveraging Technology in Post-Covid Construction Disputes,” which will cover ethics, construction-related case law updates, technology, perspectives from the bench, arbitration, artificial intelligence, and legislative updates and appeals. 

    As part of the program, my colleague Colm Nelson

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