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Restriction on Signs on Residential Property Violates First Amendment

Restriction on Signs on Residential Property Violates First Amendment The restriction was unconstitutionally content-based, the Eighth Circuit held, because it has an exception for flags “containing distinctive colors, patterns or symbols used as a symbol of a government or institution.” Source: Restriction on Signs on Residential Property Violates First Amendment – Reason.com

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Trolling for Copyright Claims Against Online Hosts (CL&P Blog)

Trolling for Copyright Claims Against Online Hosts by Paul Alan Levy Those who have been following the issue of copyright trolls for many years may remember that one of the prime features of the Righthaven technique for shaking down unwitting bloggers for payments was to concentrate its litigation campaign on those who made the mistake […]

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New Washington State Real Estate Excise Tax Legislation | Perkins Coie

New Washington State Real Estate Excise Tax Legislation 05.06.2019 | UPDATES The Washington Legislature completed its 2019 legislative session with the passage of sweeping changes to the real estate excise tax (REET). The REET legislation was the centerpiece of the Legislature’s efforts to raise revenue and make Washington’s tax system more progressive. If signed by […]

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Covenants Not To Compete Now Limited In Washington State

Covenants Not To Compete Now Limited In Washington State

Effective January 1, 2020, a new law (ESHB 1450) voids noncompetition covenants against employees and independent contractors unless certain provisions are met. Presumes covenants exceeding 18 months are unreasonable and unenforceable. Prevents franchisors from restricting franchisees from hiring other franchisees’ employees or the franchisor’s employees. Prohibits employers from restricting certain employees from having other jobs […]

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Naming Your Small Business

For entrepreneurs and small business folk, one of the biggest and most important aspects of starting a business is coming up with that all-important name.Names are really important, but can involve some tricky legal stuff, so it’s critical that businesses get it right. Sure, a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet, […]

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Effective July 28, 2019, New Washington State Residential Landlord Tenant Laws (2019)

Effective July 28, 2019, New Washington State Residential Landlord Tenant Laws (2019)

Effective July 28, 2019, the Washington State Residential Landlord Tenant Act (Chapt 59.18 RCW), has been signficantly modified benefitting tenants. Please note the new changes. Brief Summary of Revisions: Extends the 3-day notice to pay and vacate for default in rent payment to 14 days notice for tenancies under the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act. Creates a […]

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Why Rent Control Doesn’t Work (Ep. 373 – April 2019) – Freakonomics 

As cities become ever-more expensive, politicians and housing advocates keep calling for rent control. Economists think that’s a terrible idea. They say it helps a small (albeit noisy) group of renters, but keeps overall rents artificially high by disincentivizing new construction. So what happens next? Source: Why Rent Control Doesn’t Work (Ep. 373) – Freakonomics […]

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Is Elite College Worth It? Maybe Not – WSJ

We’re told ad nauseam that college is the key to success. Is it any wonder that some parents broke the law to get their child into the best? Of course, the parents accused by the FBI of bribing coaches and test administrators are an extreme case, but even some law abiding parents can relate: Some donate millions […]

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OBDUSKEY v. McCARTHY & HOLTHUS LLP, Supreme Court 2019

Held: A business engaged in no more than nonjudicial foreclosure proceedings is not a “debt collector” under the FDCPA, except for the limited purpose of § 1692f(6). Pp. 6-14. (a) The FDCPA regulates “`debt collector[s].’” § 1692a(6). Relevant here, the definition of debt collector has two parts. The Act first sets out the primary definition […]

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Rent Control Not Allowed by Washington State Law. RCW 35.21.830: Controls on rent for residential structures—Prohibited—Exceptions.

RCW 35.21.830 Controls on rent for residential structures—Prohibited—Exceptions. The imposition of controls on rent is of statewide significance and is preempted by the state. No city or town of any class may enact, maintain, or enforce ordinances or other provisions which regulate the amount of rent to be charged for single-family or multiple-unit residential rental […]

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