Barker Martin

Condo-HOA Blog - Washington

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

You are sitting comfortably when out of the blue, the floor starts to shake and pictures fall from the wall. One of two things is happening: you are at my house for Thanksgiving and I've just ambled toward a third plate or you are experiencing an earthquake. In the last week alone, Oregon has experienced more than 30 small earthquakes. Washington has had 33. A recent NBA summer league basketball game had to be evacuated when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Southern California. Most experts believe the "big one" in the Northwest is a question of when, not if. read more

You Are Invited….

Join the attorneys from Barker Martin and register today for these exciting education and networking opportunities hosted by the Washington State Community Associations Institute (WSCAI): read more

Court Affirms "Discovery Rule" in First-Party Insurance Claim

We have been writing quite a bit over the last couple of years about the evolving legal landscape of first-party insurance claims in the Pacific Northwest. As more community associations that are otherwise outside of the window to bring construction defect claims for property damage instead bring claims under their own historical insurance policies, courts are getting more of an opportunity to address key issues. read more

Annual Meeting and Awards Gala

Next week, the Washington State Chapter and the Oregon Chapter of Community Association's Institute will be hosting their Annual Meeting and Award Galas. read more

What Roger Goodell and the NFL Can Learn from HOAs

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman's recent voiding of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension caused shockwaves across the NFL. Though the NFL has appealed the judicial ruling, Deflategate is, well, deflated and all but gone. There are, however, valuable lessons to be emphasized for homeowner associations. read more

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