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Victory x3

SBJ Shareholders Jeff James and Jennifer Parda-Aldrich have closed the book on a business tort case that began in the trial court in 2014 and ended in the Washington Supreme Court nearly three years later.  After being sanctioned repeatedly by the trial court, plaintiff’s counsel had sought to withdraw the case against SBJ’s client without […]

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Obama Overtime Rule Set Aside by Texas Court

The same Texas federal district court which temporarily enjoined the Department of Labor’s doubling of the salary levels test on the eve of its implementation in 2016 has determined that the Department of Labor lacked the authority to set the salary thresholds so high.  The rule would have doubled the salary level necessary for exempt […]

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Employment Jury Instructions to be Updated

Jeff James just completed work assisting with revising the Washington Pattern Jury Instructions.  Jeff was invited to join a “blue ribbon” subcommittee in 2015 that was tasked with reviewing the employment law pattern jury instructions used by Superior Court Judges and attorneys in employment jury trials.  In addition to helping to clarify and improve existing […]

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Darren Feider on State and Local Leave laws in Washington

On April 25, 2017, SBJ shareholder Darren Feider conducted a webinar for Lorman Educational Services on State and Local Leave laws in Washington.  The presentation helped the persons responsible for managing employee leave to understand first which laws must be considered and then how to implement a leave plan that is suitable for the employee […]

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Judd Lees and Darren Feider to Present at ABC Seminar

Judd Lees and Darren Feider, shareholders at Sebris Busto James, will be co-presenters on “Labor and Employment Changes Trumped? What’s Ahead for Construction Under the New Administration” on May 31, 2017 before the Western Washington Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.  Judd is a past Trustee and Chair of the ABC Chapter and the firm […]

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Mariya Khilyuk Joins SBJ as Associate

Sebris Busto James is pleased to announce that Mariya Khilyuk has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney.  Mariya graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 2016 and interned with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Mariya’s practice includes representing employers in all employment-related litigation and labor law matters, including employment counseling, […]

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Victory x2

SBJ Shareholders Jeff James  and Jennifer Parda-Aldrich recently received some good news from the Washington Court of Appeals.  In an unpublished opinion, the Court affirmed the award of sanctions issued against opposing counsel and his client for bringing a frivolous lawsuit.  In the original action, the trial court dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice and awarded […]

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Union Contractor Becomes Non-Union Overnight

An SBJ construction client recently seeking assistance from SBJ Shareholder Judd Lees and Associate Matt Kelly in responding to a union trust fund audit, ended up union-free.  That’s because during the course of the initial consultation, it was disclosed that the contractor’s union employees no longer wanted union representation.  A union decertification petition filed by […]

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