Articles from April 2010

FINANCIAL REGULATION OVERHAUL THREATENS STARTUP COMPANY FINANCING

Date: April 30th, 2010

Regardless of your political persuasion, if you are an entrepreneur running a startup company you should be nervous about the financial regulation overhaul bill currently being debated in the U.S. Senate.  Known as the “Restoring American Financial Stability Act,” the pending bill threatens to do … Read More »

WASHINGTON’S NEW TAX LAWS TARGET BUSINESSES, DEALS, DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

Date: April 26th, 2010

On April 23, 2010, Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law a $794 million tax-increase bill. The new law, known as Second Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6143-S.PL(2ESSB 6143), is 113 pages long and covers numerous issues, but four issues struck me as being particularly relevant to … Read More »

WHO IS ON THE HOOK, YOU OR YOUR COMPANY?

Date: April 13th, 2010

On April 12, 2010, Washington’s Court of Appeals (Division I) handed down an opinion that should be an important lesson for all business owners. If the party entering into a transaction is an entity, and not the entity’s owners, then the contract language, not just … Read More »

DEFENDING AGE DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS MAY SOON GET TOUGHER

Date: April 1st, 2010
Categories: Employment Law

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released a Proposed Rule intended to define one of the primary defenses used by employers facing claims of age discrimination under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). An employer can defend an age discrimination suit by … Read More »