Washington Court of Appeals, Division I, Eliminates Common Law Vested Rights Doctrine for Shoreline Permit Applications
Posted 13 days ago

Last week Washington’s Court of Appeals decided Potala Village Kirkland, LLC v. City of Kirkland…

Court of Appeals Denies Vesting for Shoreline Permits
Green Light for $1.5M Negligence Claims
Posted 188 days ago

In a recent decision decided on a narrow 5-to-4 vote, the Washington Supreme Court declined to bar a couple’s negligence claims against an engineering firm…

Oregon Court Limits Agri-tourism at Farm Stands
Posted 282 days ago

A land use decision by the Oregon Court of Appeals could impact farm marketing activities…

Oregon Court Limits Agri-tourism at Farm Stands
Washington Supreme Court Rejects Legal Nonconforming Use Claim for King County Recycling Facility
Posted 443 days ago

Last week, the Washington Supreme Court decided another case dealing with the scope of the…

Washington Supreme Court Rejects Legal Nonconforming Use Claim for King County Recycling Facility
Oregon Legislature Passes Comprehensive Winery Land Use Bill
Posted 456 days ago

After years of temporary measures, the Oregon Legislature has adopted a long term framework for…

Oregon Legislature Passes Comprehensive Winery Land Use Bill
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Land Use

Shoreline

Court of Appeals Denies Vesting for Shoreline Permits

Last week Washington’s Court of Appeals decided Potala Village Kirkland, LLC v. City of Kirkland (Div. I, August 25, 2014), which addressed whether the filing of an application for a shoreline substantial development permit, without filing an application for a building permit, vested a development project against later changes to zoning and other land use control ordinances.  The Court of Appeals held it did not.  But the opinion the court ... Continue Reading

Washington Supreme Court Permits $1.5M Damages Claim to Proceed against Engineering Firm under “Independent Duty Doctrine”

Portland Metro Urban and Rural Reserve Decision Reversed by the Oregon Court of Appeals: Seven Years and Counting

Oregon Court Limits Agri-tourism at Farm Stands

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Construction Law

Washington Supreme Court Permits $1.5M Damages Claim to Proceed against Engineering Firm under “Independent Duty Doctrine”

In a recent decision decided on a narrow 5-to-4 vote, the Washington Supreme Court declined to bar a couple’s negligence claims against an engineering firm based on a contractual limitation of liability, permitting the couple to continue pursuing their damages claims in King County Superior Court. The parties to the case, Donatelli v. D.R. Strong Consulting Engineers, Inc., entered into a contract for Strong to assist with a short plat approval ... Continue Reading

PPPs: An Opportunity to Jump-Start Infrastructure Projects in a Down Economy

PPPs: An Opportunity to Jump-Start Infrastructure Projects in a Down Economy

Williams v. Athletic Field Oral Argument

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Real Estate

Food and the City: Making Density Palatable

Moderated by DWT partner Jim Greenfield, the third installment of DWT and Forterra's Creating a Great Global Region series was an interesting and engaging evening focused on how social equity, community building and conversation of farmland intersect around food. The event consisted of a panel discussion of prominent members of the local agriculture and hospitality industries, followed by a group workshop, and ended with a networking reception. Creating great communities and ... Continue Reading

Is Your Tenant a Criminal?

Major Appeals Court Decision Leaves Oregon’s Residential Real Estate Market in Limbo

How to Prevent an Email Exchange from Inadvertently Becoming a Binding Contract

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Environmental

Shoreline

Court of Appeals Denies Vesting for Shoreline Permits

Last week Washington’s Court of Appeals decided Potala Village Kirkland, LLC v. City of Kirkland (Div. I, August 25, 2014), which addressed whether the filing of an application for a shoreline substantial development permit, without filing an application for a building permit, vested a development project against later changes to zoning and other land use control ordinances.  The Court of Appeals held it did not.  But the opinion the court ... Continue Reading

Washington Supreme Court Rejects Legal Nonconforming Use Claim for King County Recycling Facility

In Alaska, Oil and Gas Leases Convey Property Rights; Permits Do Not

Getting the Lead Out

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