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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP | USA | 21 Oct 2015

Washington LLC Act: how family businesses are affected

Embracing change is tough, because it rarely hugs you back. But the recent changes to the Washington State LLC Act (RCW Chapter 25.15) at least have

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Perkins Coie LLP | USA | 12 Jun 2014

New simplified conversion process for Washington corporations and Limited Liability Companies

Starting June 12, 2014, Washington law allows for the "conversion" of Washington corporations and limited liability entities into a variety of other

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP | USA | 18 Jun 2013

Washingtonsale of LLC controlling interest subject to real estate excise tax

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals affirmed the Department of Revenue's denial of the taxpayers' request for refund of real estate excise tax ("REET")

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Stoel Rives LLP | USA | 18 May 2012

D&O insurance does not cover lender's claim against LLC manager on his guaranty of LLC's debt

The Washington Court of Appeals ruled this week that a limited liability company’s directors and officers (D&O) insurance policy did not cover a claim by a lender against the LLC’s manager on the manager’s guaranty of the LLC’s debt.

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Stoel Rives LLP | USA | 16 Sep 2011

An LLC's single member cannot represent it in a Washington court - an attorney is required

The common-law rule is that a corporation appearing in court must be represented by an attorney.

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Stoel Rives LLP | USA | 12 Aug 2011

Look beyond Washington LLC law before attempting to attach an unasserted claim of a foreign LLC in Washington

My colleague, Doug Batey, has previously blogged about the ability of dissolved Washington LLCs to both initiate and defend against lawsuits.

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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 22 Apr 2011

Business enterprise exclusions preclude coverage for claim "arising out of" ownership interest where alleged legal malpractice began prior to ownership

The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington has held that a policy's business enterprise exclusions precluded coverage for a legal malpractice claim "arising out of" an ownership interest where the alleged malpractice began prior to, but continued after, the acceptance of that interest.

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Winston & Strawn LLP | USA | 11 Feb 2011

Washington State publicity law doesn't law doesn't extend to celebrities who die elsewhere

Because Jimi Hendrix died intestate in New York State, his rights of publicity died with him and the Washington Personality Rights Act, which purported to create a national right of publicity was unconstitutional, according to the federal district court for the Western District of Washington in a decision issued February 8.

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Stoel Rives LLP | USA | 28 Jan 2011

Proposed bill would eliminate the corporate and LLC shield for many Washington contracts

The Washington legislature is currently considering a bill that would apparently require any contract that calls for the payment of money by an LLC or corporation, to include an extra signature by an authorized representative that would render the representative personally liable for any amounts due on the contract.

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Lane Powell PC | USA | 27 Jan 2011

Washington appellate court rules pre-construction work is not subject to lien

The Washington Court of Appeals is continuing the recent trend of invalidating mechanic's liens for lack of strict compliance - this time by concluding that the work provided by the contractor (drilling test pits and obtaining storm water permits) was not subject to Washington's lien statute because the work was performed in connection with preparing a bid, not an improvement of the property, and was not done at the direction of the owner.

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