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November 07, 2022


Washington Supreme Court invalidates one-year contractual limitation period for lawsuits under residential construction contract.

In a 5-4 decision, the Washington Supreme Court held that a one-year limitation period to file a lawsuit under a residential construction contract was “substantively unconscionable and, therefore, void and unenforceable.” Continue Reading

February 25, 2022


Seattle Eviction Moratorium

In February 2022, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that the eviction moratorium, which began in March 2020, would end on February 28, 2022. For two years, residential (and some commercial) evictions for nonpayment of rent have been precluded by ... Continue Reading

September 02, 2021


The “SLAPP” back: Uniform Public Expression Protection Act revives Washington SLAPP protections

On July 25, 2021, Washington’s new anti-SLAPP statute went into effect. “SLAPP” stands for “Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation.” In other words, the statute is meant to deter meritless lawsuits used to sil... Continue Reading

July 19, 2021


Jesse O Franklin IV Named to the Washington 2021 Super Lawyers List

We are pleased to announce that Jesse O Franklin IV Partner at Schlemlein Fick & Franklin has been selected to the 2021 Washington Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the state. Continue Reading

May 25, 2021


Employer Options for COVID-19 Vaccinations and Masking for Employees

Employers have been in a difficult spot when it comes to employees and vaccinations for COVID-19. While many employers have expressed a desire to require masking, legal risks, uncertainty, and administrative requirements have kept many from imposing ... Continue Reading

June 17, 2020


“Because of Sex”: Supreme Court Finds Title VII Protects Gay and Transgender Workers

On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bostock v. Clayton County, 590 U.S. ____ (2020). In so deciding, the Court held that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers are protected from discrimination in the workplace. Continue Reading

May 01, 2020


A Murky Solution: The Supreme Court’s Ruling on Application of the Clean Water Act

Under the Clean Water Act, a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit (“NPDES permit”) is necessary for the “discharge of any pollutant by any person” “into waters of the United States”.1 Continue Reading

April 07, 2020


CARES - SFF is here to help navigate uncertain water

In an effort to minimize the potentially devastating economic disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), a $2.2 trillion stimulus package offering rel... Continue Reading