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Location Aware Mobile Apps & Privacy OR Privacy Regulations – What to do When Worlds Collide

Location Aware Mobile Applications (“Apps”) allow entrepreneurs of all types to take advantage of the Geo-Positioning Satellite (GPS) feature built into most Smartphones and a growing number of other mobile devices that access the Internet.

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Near The Wires: Washington Supreme Court Accepts Review of EMF Damages Case

Many in the electric utility industry thought that the threat of liability arising from human exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (“EMF”) had been put to rest years ago. …

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Time is Running Out! Your Checklist to Prepare for Seattle’s New Sick/Safe Leave Ordinance

Starting September 1, 2012, all businesses with employees who perform work in the Seattle city limits must comply with the Seattle Sick/Safe Leave Ordinance. If you haven’t reviewed your current sick leave policy to ensure it complies, or created a policy if necessary, now is the time.

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Still Not Out of the Woods: Ninth Circuit Affirms Limits on FERC Jurisdiction Over Publics But Leaves Damages Door Ajar

Earlier today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion confirming that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) cannot order publicly-owned utilities to …

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Merchants Beware: After a Recent Court Decision, Printing any Part of the Expiration Date on a Credit or Debit Card Receipt May be a Willful Violation of Federal Law

Under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, or FACTA, retailers, hotels and restaurants that accept credit or debit cards may not print the expiration date or more than the last five digits of the card number on any electronically printed receipt provided at the point of sale.

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The Lowdown on Seattle Retail

Last week, our Retail, Hotel & Restaurant practice group leader, Sandip Soli, moderated the Seattle Retail Real Estate Summit presented by Bisnow at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel.

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Can You Afford the Penalties if You do Not Comply With the Affordable Care Act?

Currently, small business employers, including those in the retail, hotel, restaurants and other hospitality industries, can take advantage of certain tax benefits for employee health care costs to offset those costs. But starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires small businesses that employ more than 50 people provide health insurance to their workers or incur a penalty payment.

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The Army Opens a New Front in the Battle for Renewables: A $7 Billion RFP for Renewable Energy to Serve Army Bases

On August 7, the U.S. Army issued a long-anticipated Request for Proposals, seeking up to $7 billion worth of renewable energy to serve U.S. Army bases. The …

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