Why file a lien?

The importance of liens in securing payment on construction projects cannot be overstated.  Washington’s lien law was enacted primarily to safeguard contractors’, material suppliers’, and laborers’ rights to payment on construction projects.  Failing or refusing to utilize Washington’s lien procedures could turn out to be a catastrophic mistake.  At times, having a valid lien in…

Trilogy homeowners file mass action against Shea Homes claiming unfair and deceptive acts

Plaintiffs in this lawsuit filed by Levy – von Beck and Hagens Berman allege that developer Shea Homes intentionally omitted nearly all industry-standard methods for building homes to withstand our wet weather. And, even after its first homes suffered from various forms of water intrusion due to the substandard construction, Shea refused to tell its customers of the problems and continued building new homes with the same defects.

Class Action Law Suit

Federal Judge Denies Shea Homes’ Motion to Dismiss Class Action Lawsuit

On December 4, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez issued a 17-page order denying defendant Shea Homes, Inc.’s motion to dismiss the class action lawsuit filed against the builder, Blough v. Shea Homes, Inc., (U.S. Dist. Court, Western District of Washington, cause number 2:12-cv-01493-RSM.)  Here is a link to Judge Martinez’s Order Denying Shea…


Firearms and Common Areas: Your Property, Your Decision

Recent high-profile mass shootings have ignited a national debate about gun control and the limits of an individual’s right to possess firearms. While much of the debate centers on appropriate rules and restrictions for schools and other publicly owned property, the issues are no less relevant when considering firearm possession on private property. To be…

Construction Materials

Recent Court Decision Clarifies Recovery of Attorney Fees in Construction Materials Dispute

Attorney fees are an important calculation in any dispute. While it may be worth a dime to recover a dollar, it is rarely worth a dollar to recover a dime. Often parties will anticipate the transaction costs of litigation and protect against them by including contract provisions for a “prevailing party’s” recovery of attorney fees. This can mitigate the cost of litigation, but also adds an element of risk.

New Homes Ready for Purchase

Buying a Home: An Introduction

As you know, buying a home, whether it’s your first or your tenth, can be a very stressful experience. The buying process will arouse emotions that you didn’t even know you had. Are you looking for a new home because you are relocating to a new city, or are you moving to get into a new neighborhood? Do you view a home purchase as a form of investment, or just a home? Do you think bigger homes are better investments?