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Lawrence B Hunt

Lawrence Hunt’s Legal Guides

24 total

  • Planning the Exit from Your Business

    Sooner or later, willingly or unwillingly, deliberately or unconsciously, a small business owner decides how theyll leave their business. Whether theyre carried feet first out the door at death; they sell; they transfer the business to the next generation; or they take some other...

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  • Defining the Tort of Wrongful Discharge in Washington: The Interplay of Statutory and Common Law

    A recent Washington Supreme Court decision demonstrates how the interaction between administrative and common law is often critically important to the adjudication of employee claims.Specifically, the court held that an employee has no common law right to a claim of wrongful dis...

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  • Seattle Gets a Spanking When it Plays with Guns

    Like most children, cities and other local government bodies often forget that they lack innate authority to enact laws; that the only authority they have to enact laws and levy taxes is the authority which their superiors, the state constitution or legislature, grant to the...

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  • Does the Internet Highway Lead to Court in a Distant State?

    As businesses increasingly market and sell goods and services through the internet, they should consider the risk that their website activities may subject them to litigation in other states.Individuals who buy and sell through such internet sites as eBay may also face a possibl...

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  • At-Will Employees are At-Will Employees: Tautological Analysis Leads the Court of Appeals to Hold th

    Wittgenstein wrote that all true statements are ultimately tautological. In other words, a thing or concept is what it is. A recent Oregon Court of Appeals decision illustrates the point twice in the context of at-will employees. In Cocchiara v. Lithia Motors, Inc., 247 Or App 54...

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  • When Directors Assert Individual Privileges Preventing Their Corporation from Responding to Discover

    What happens when a corporation cant respond to proper discovery requests in civil litigation because its officers or directors refuse to provide the corporation with the information necessary to respond to those requests under a claim of personal privilege unavailable to the co...

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  • Employees’ Duty of Loyalty to Their Employer: Another Route to Employee Liability

    Employees owe a common law duty of loyalty to their employers. During their employment an employee cant solicit customers or other employees for a competing business without violating that duty and incurring liability to their employer. The breach of that duty can become particu...

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  • The Washington Supreme Court Stumbles Over Disclosure of B&O Tax Charges in Sales

    A recent Washington Supreme Court case illustrates the extent to which the increasing convolutions of statutes and case law often lead to absurd results. In Peck v. ATT Mobility, 174 Wn.2d 333 (2012) the Washington Supreme Court grappled with a question of statutory interpretatio...

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  • A Contract Should Say What is Meant

    When a contract isnt clearly written, bad things can happen to the party who wrote it. At least thats the cautionary lesson of a recent Oregon Court of Appeals decision: Dial Temporary Help Service, Inc. v. DLF International Seeds, Inc., 252 Or App 376 (2012). In that case the p...

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  • Hunt & Associates P.C. A Second Look at the Reduction of Fiduciary Duties in Oregon LLCs

    Limited liability companies were created as a new, more flexible form of business entity which would enable its members to exercise their freedom of contract to the fullest permissible limits. Because they are contractually malleable, the language of the operating agreement organ...

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