30
Oct

Part One (This is the first of two articles based on David Bruce’s presentation to the 2018 Annual Meeting of the League of California Cities.  Mr. Bruce is the co-founding partner of Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP and served as a Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Seattle.) Landslides, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis.  Natural disasters happen—and by all accounts are occurring more frequently and causing devastation and the loss of human life and property. The National Oceanic ...

27
Mar

Landslide defense attorney David N. Bruce, co-founding partner of the law firm Savitt Bruce & Willey and former Senior Assistant Attorney for the City of Seattle, recently discussed the interests of government when communicating and acting in the wake of a landslide or natural disaster. His remarks, made at "Landslide Law and Science", a conference held March 2-3, 2017 in Seattle, with supporting photos and exhibits follow. Introduction My thesis is that the government has at least two interests ...

01
Sep

For Washington farmers, the distinction between managing a farm and managing a labor force just got fuzzier. While machines have greatly reduced the need for human labor, some farmers still need lots of workers to provide hands-on labor. On many farms, the need for help (as dictated by the crops themselves) is irregular, varying not only seasonally but even week to week and day to day. For generations, farmers have relied on farm labor contractors (FLCs) ...

17
Dec

Males not Inherently Dangerous

Every once in a while an opinion comes along that reminds me why we endure the intermittent drudgery of reading the advance sheets. The recent decision by the Washington Court of Appeals in Rhodes v. MacHugh[1] is one such decision. Without making light of the serious injuries Mr. Rhodes suffered, which were not at all funny, males everywhere thank Mr. Rhodes for the sacrifice he made in service to the gender. Plaintiff Rhodes and Defendant MacHugh were ...

21
May

The NBA’s Board of Governors has voted to deny the application of the Sacramento Kings to relocate to Seattle, and it appears a deal may have been finalized that will keep the team there.  Could Seattle have done anything about this?  Chris Hansen has stated that he intends to continue the pursuit of an NBA team for Seattle, but he has not indicated any plan to legally challenge the NBA as part of his fight. We respect that.  But the NBA ...