The Foundry Law Blog

Are Non-Solicitation Clauses Enforceable?

A non-solicitation clause is a common provision that employers incorporate into their employment agreements. The clause essentially tries to protect a company’s clients. Under Washington law, non-solicitation provisions are generally enforceable provided that they meet certain conditions. What is a Non-Solicitation Provision? A non-solicitation clause is often used in an employment contract between an employer […]

The Importance of Information Security Policies & Why Your Company Needs One

Information security policies, also known as “ISPs,” refer to a collection of directives, regulations, and rules that advise and direct how an organization manages, protects, and distributes its information. These policies often cast a wide net, as they normally address all of an organization’s data, programs, systems, facilities, infrastructure, users, and third and fourth parties. […]

Are Electronic Signatures Valid in Washington?

In many instances, yes. Washington adopted the Uniform Electronic Transactions ACT (UETA) in 2020. UETA sets forth specific requirements concerning the validity of electronic signatures for transactions related to business, commercial, and governmental matters. Learn of best practices to help ensure your business complies with the law. What Makes an Electronic Signature Valid in WA? […]

Hey, Foundry: Authorized Shares & Ownership

Email from a recently formed two founders start up: “Hey, Foundry, when you formed our corporation, I thought we had 10 million authorized shares. Why do we only have 4 million shares each and not 5 million if we are 50-50 owners?” At Foundry, we frequently receive questions like this. To start, it is standard […]

CCPA Compliance: One Year Later

It was only one year ago that the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) went into effect. The CCPA is a landmark privacy law providing California residents various protections with regard to personal information. Even though the CCPA is in effect, it is still undergoing rulemaking with the 4th Set of Modifications to the […]

Acquisition – When Should I Hire an Attorney?

  Congrats on the acquisition prospect! This is both an exciting and nerve-racking opportunity. Hiring an attorney during an acquisition is a natural expectation. The question we are addressing in this post is when to do so.   Hire an Attorney Before Signing a Letter of Intent The early stages of the acquisition processes generally […]

Washington State COVID-19 Business Resources

This post covers Washington State COVID-19 business resources and relief. COVID-19 is having an impact on all businesses throughout the State of Washington. Below is a brief list of some important resources available now for Washington businesses affected by COVID-19.   The Small Business Administration COVID-19 Business Relief Many businesses are experiencing financial disruption because […]

Entity Conversion in Washington State

Entity conversion refers to when an entity changes from one entity type to another within a state (e.g., a Washington LLC to a Washington corporation) or when an entity changes its “home state” (e.g., a Delaware LLC to a Washington LLC). Washington law specifies requirements for converting an entity within the state. This post considers […]

Non-Compete Changes in Washington State Signed Into Law

You Can’t Do That: Changing Tides in Washington Non-Compete Agreements   Non-compete clauses are commonplace in many agreements. Generally, non-compete clauses limit an individual’s ability to compete with an employer’s business while working for the employer or after ending the working relationship. With a growing economy, cities like Seattle rely on attracting top talent. Since most […]

Bots and CA’s New Law – Key Takeaways

With increased attention on the development and use of bots, California’s new bot law holds some key takeaways. Most importantly, California is setting an example for other state or national laws, but does it go far enough?   Background of the Law Regulating Bots   On September 28, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown approved Senate Bill […]