Washington State Ruling Heightens Liability Risk for Design Professionals

Recently, the Washington Court of Appeals potentially expanded the scope of tort duties owed by design professionals. In a May decision, the court held that an engineer’s duty of care to developers and property owners encompasses “the prevention of safety risks” even when no personal injury or property damage has resulted from claimed deficiencies.  See… Continue Reading
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SBA to Start Accepting Mentor-Protégé Applications

On Oct.1, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will begin accepting applications for the new All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. This program has been several years in the making and follows authorizations in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, which allowed the SBA to create mentor-protégé… Continue Reading

State of Alaska Tightens Its Claim Provisions

In 2015, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities significantly amended the claims provision of its Standard Specifications—105-1.17.  The amendments incorporate language from the standard conditions which had previously been utilized for public facilities construction and which had previously been upheld by the Alaska Supreme Court in North Pacific Erectors, Inc. v State Department… Continue Reading

Law360’s Trial Pros Profiles DWT’s Lisa Marchese

This week, Law360 profiles our very own Lisa Marchese, a partner in our Government Contracts Counseling and Litigation Group. Lisa joined Davis Wright Tremaine in January, 2015, having spent the previous seven years as the Trial Department Head for the Seattle and Anchorage offices of Dorsey & Whitney. Since earning her J.D. from Georgetown… Continue Reading

PNDC Government Contracting Updates with Jonathan DeMella

On Wednesday, February 11, 2016, DWT Partner Jonathan DeMella presented on a number of recent regulatory changes and judicial decisions that significantly affect those that are small business government contractors as well as large business in joint ventures or teaming agreements with a small businesses. These changes and developments involve: Small Business Mentor Protégé Program… Continue Reading

DoD New Cyber Security Reporting Rules for Contractors

In a move that highlights the changing winds of federal cybersecurity policy, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) has issued an interim Rule (“Rule”) that imposes new security and reporting requirements on federal contractors, and new requirements for DoD cloud computing contracts. The Rule requires federal contractors to report cyber incidents that result in an actual… Continue Reading