Arbitration in Vienna
SCB lawyers recently defended an international arbitration conducted in Vienna, Austria under Austrian substantive law and International Chamber of Commerce rules of procedure. The case concerned bedrock contract law principles, and the three person international tribunal accepted our view of key legal requirements and our client substantially prevailed. To learn more about SCB's litigation practice, please contact Paul Dayton at 206.682.3333 or by e-mail to email@example.com.
Washington Court of Appeals Affirms Summary Judgment Dismissal in Favor of SCB Client
The Washington State Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment dismissal in favor of SCB's client, the holder of an unpaid promissory note issued in a business venture. In Cornerstone Equipment Leasing, Inc. v. MacLeod, No. 64342-8-I, the Court of Appeals rejected arguments that the terms of a written debt instrument could be disregarded based on claimed oral agreements. Although the legal rulings on waiver, estoppel, and fraudulent inducement will be interesting to lawyers, business persons will appreciate that SCB was able to obtain this result without a trial, even though the debtor claimed there was disputed evidence. To learn more about SCB's litigation practice, please contact Paul Dayton or Leslie Clark. They can be reached at 206.682.3333 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Seattle Goodwill Main Campus Redevelopment
SCB has represented Seattle Goodwill Industries since 1994 on a variety of land use and development matters. Most recently, we are assisting Seattle Goodwill Industries with the redevelopment of its main Dearborn Campus in south Seattle. A Master Use Permit was recently issued by the City of Seattle that will enable redevelopment of the Goodwill Campus into nearly 700,000 square feet of retail space, 45,000 square feet of offices, and 565 residential units (with a large percentage of affordable and workforce housing units). The redevelopment will create internal sidewalks, streets and plazas providing 72,000 square feet of publicly accessible open space, with green roofs and green walls planned for the project. The housing units will be in seven residential buildings above the retail platform.
Goodwill will occupy approximately 120,000 square feet of office and retail space in the new project that will significantly upgrade Goodwill's mission that makes its Job Training and Education Program available to disadvantaged individuals.
SCB has been involved with Goodwill since 1994, supporting Goodwill's mission to offer job training and education to individuals facing significant barriers to economic opportunity. SCB has sponsored tables at Goodwill fundraising events, supported Goodwill's retail donation program, contributed to Goodwill's charitable mission, and served on the board of directors.
Des Moines City Councilman Successfully Defends Conflict of Interest Claims
The Court of Appeals ruled in an unanimous published opinion that businessman Gary Petersen, a City of Des Moines City Councilmember, had no conflict of interest in owning Pete's Towing and serving as a member of the Des Moines City Council. Client and Councilmember Petersen was sued within days of taking office for a purported conflict of interest arising from his family-owned business that had been performing the City's towing business for forty years. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court and granted our client's motion for summary judgment, dismissing the lawsuit in its entirety. Mr. Petersen said, "It is a relief to be vindicated by the Court of Appeals. I look forward to serving the public here in Des Moines the same way I have since the beginning - honestly and with their best interests at heart."