Can Landlords Force Tenants to Continue Operating Their Business?

Many commercial leases include an operating covenant or continuing operations clause pursuant to which the Tenant promises to continue operating its business through the term of the lease.  This clause is intended to protect the Landlord’s interest in future sales and to prevent unexpected and unsightly vacancies which negatively affect neighboring tenants and thus the…

What Are Construction Defects

What are construction defects?

Construction defects vary greatly in nature, scope, and consequence.  Here in the Pacific Northwest, the most serious construction defects often involve inadequate waterproofing of the “building envelope”: a roof that leaks, windows and doors installed without critical head flashings, poor installation of the weather-resistive barrier that should be applied before the siding is installed, or…

What is a property lien?

In the broadest sense, a lien is a legal right or interest that a creditor has in another’s property.  Usually, creditors use liens to secure payment of debts.  There are many different types of liens.  For example, there are judgment liens, construction liens, crop liens, and various labor liens.  There are also various regulations that…

Washington Supremes

Washington Supreme Court Upholds Fines Against Chicago Title Insurance Co. for Violating the State Anti-Inducement Statutes

On August 1, 2013, the Washington State Supreme Court confirmed that Chicago Title Insurance Co. (“Chicago Title”) was liable for the acts of its agent for violating the Washington State anti-inducement statutes.  These statutes limit to $25 the amount that an insurer can spend to purchase prizes, goods, wares, or merchandise in connection with any…