Articles & Publications

Damon Key Legal Alert - Fall/Winter 2015

December 31, 2015

Here’s the Fall/Winter 2015 edition of the Legal Alert. With stories on Immigration Law, Bid Protests in Construction Cases, Land Use Variances, and Crowdfunding and the Law.

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When US and Japanese Business Cultures Converge - 日本とアメリカのビジネス文化の理�

November 13, 2015

日本とアメリカのビジネス文化の理解


WHAT JAPANESE CLIENTS SHOULD KNOW…日本からのクライアントが何を知るべきか?

Japanese clients seeking legal services in Hawaii can count on the attorneys at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert to conduct business with bilingual skill and bicultural understanding to effectively help them achieve their goals. The firm’s experienced attorneys assist a wide range of clients pursuing business transactions and advice, including those who want to move to, invest in and do business in Hawaii.
デーモン・キー・レオン・カプチャック・ハスタート法律事務所では、日英バイリンガルであり、両国の文化に精通した弁護士が、ハワイにおける法律サービスをお探しの日本からのクライアントの目標を、効果的かつ効率的に達成するお手伝いをいたします。デーモン・キーの経験豊富な弁護士は、ハワイへの移住、投資、またビジネスを含む、ビジネス取引業務および法務アドバイスを求める多種多様なクライアントのお手伝いをしています。

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Damon Key Legal Alert - Summer/Fall 2015

October 15, 2015

Here’s the Summer/Fall 2015 edition of the Legal Alert. With stories on Hawaii’s New Environmental Court, the ban on noncompetes for tech workers, administrative procedures, and more.

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Damon Key Legal Alert - Spring/Summer 2015

July 13, 2015

The Spring/Summer 2015 edition of the Legal Alert has been published, with articles about the Differences Between Wills and Trusts, Permitting Commercial Use of State Waters, Hawaii’s New Medical Marijuana Dispensary Law, Welcoming Ikaika Jobe, and more.

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Damon Key Legal Alert - Winter/Spring 2015

April 08, 2015

The Winter/Spring 2015 edition of the Legal Alert has been published, with articles on Honolulu Rail and property rights, Matt Evans is the firm’s newest Director, International Investment Strategies, Neighborhood Improvements, and more. 

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Damon Key Legal Alert - Fall/Winter 2014

December 17, 2014

The Fall/Winter 2014 Legal Alert has been published, with articles on Understanding Residential Property Management Agreements, Conducting an Internal I-9 Audit, the Importance of Pre- and Post- Nuptial Agreements, and more. 

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Damon Key Legal Alert - Summer/Fall 2014

September 23, 2014

Here’s the latest Legal Alert, with articles on Eminent Domain, Hawaii’s Uniform Information Practices Act (open records), Alternative Energy Farming, the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, and more.

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New Article: A Full and Perfect Equivalent for Just Compensation: Historical Context & Practice

August 28, 2014

Damon Key lawyer Robert H. Thomas has published an article in the September 2014 edition of The Practical Real Estate Lawyer. Despite its grand title, “A Full and Perfect Equivalent for Just Compensation: The Historical Context and Practice,” the article is a short piece that asks whether just compensation is the next big thing in eminent domain law, identifies three issues that may be on the horizon, and urges the Supreme Court to provide some guidance on this issue.

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Damon Key Legal Alert - Spring/Summer 2014

July 15, 2014

Here’s the latest Legal Alert, with articles on “Answers to Frequently Asked Questions from Chinese Clients,” “Assisting the Japanese Investor,” “Immigration News - Overview of DACA Program,” “Family Law Practice,” and more. Download the pdf here.

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Damon Key Attorneys Author Law Review Article on Eminent Domain

January 10, 2014

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Damon Key lawyers Mark Murakami, Bethany Ace, and Robert Thomas have co-authored an article in The Urban Lawyer, the flagship law review of the American Bar Association’s Section of State and Local Government Law. The article, “Recent Developments in Eminent Domain: Public Use,” 45 Urban Lawyer 809 (2013), details the latest nationwide developments in the law of takings.

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The Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert Emergency Checklist

August 23, 2013

Everyday life is complicated. When we are incapacitated or die, someone has to unravel the puzzles we have created. It can be heartbreaking, time consuming and expensive. Diane D. Hastert has compiled a checklist to help you avoid the disarray.

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Insurers Have a Duty to Defend Construction Defect Claims ... Maybe.

April 18, 2013

April 18, 2013: Earlier this week, the Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA) issued an important decision, concluding that insurance companies have a duty to provide a defense for policyholders when they are sued for construction defects. This seems like good news to the insureds. But all is not clear after the court’s ruling. Indeed, the situation is even more muddled than before. (by Anna H. Oshiro (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) & Tred Eyerly (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

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Legal Alert: Group Builders Update (Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects), 50th Anniversary

April 12, 2013

Here’s the Winter/Spring 2013 Edition of Legal Alert, with articles on the firm’s tradition of community service, an update on the Group Builders issue (insurance coverage for construction defects), and more. Download it here.

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The Founding of Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert (1963-2013)

March 09, 2013

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New Law Review Article on Insurance Coverage

January 11, 2013

Cover_42_3_ The current issue of the University of Hawaii Law Review includes an article co-authored by Damon Key attorney Tred Eyerly entitled, “Key Issues in Hawaii Insurance Law Answered by the Moon Court.”  Download a copy of the article here.

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New Article: Recent Developments in Eminent Domain Law

December 30, 2012

Cover_42_3_ The Summer 2012 issue of the Urban Lawyer, the law review published quarterly by the ABA’s Section of State and Local Government Law and UMKC law school is now available on-line, and includes an article by Damon Key attorney Robert H. Thomas on the latest developments in public use in eminent domain law.

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Legal Alert: Hawaii Renewable Energy Technologies Income Tax Credits (Dec. 2012)

December 30, 2012

The State of Hawaii Department of Taxation (“DOT”) recently issued temporary administrative rules that will affect anyone planning on installing and placing in service a renewable energy technology system, including a photovoltaic system, on or after January 1, 2013. The new rules expand on what constitutes a “system” for purposes of claiming Renewable Energy Technologies Income Tax Credits. Under the new rules, in order to claim a tax credit for more than one system, each system must meet the applicable total output capacity threshold requirements. For a single-family residential property, the threshold is five kilowatts per system.

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New Book: The Law of Eminent Domain - A Fifty State Survey

September 14, 2012

Damon Key lawyer Robert H. Thomas authored the Hawaii Chapter in the recently-published book The Law of Eminent Domain. The book project, five-years in the making, was undertaken by the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section, and is a survey of the laws related to eminent domain and takings in each state. More about the book here.

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Legal Alert (October - December 2011)

November 28, 2011

The firm’s final Legal Alert for 2011.

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New Article: Local Govt and the First Amendment at the Supreme Court: Legislative Voting as “Speech”

September 17, 2011


The ABA has published a new article Local Government and the First Amendment at the Supreme Court: Legislative Voting as “Speech” and Union Grievances as “Petitions” by Damon Key attorney Robert Thomas.

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Legal Alert (July - Aug - Sept 2011)

September 12, 2011

Here‘s the firm’s Legal Alert, July-Sep 2011 edition, with articles on Construction law, bid protests, and the legal issues surrounding allegedly defective drywall.

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Legal Alert (April - May - June 2011)

May 31, 2011

Here’s the firm’s Legal Alert for April - June 2011. Issues covered include rail, construction contracts, eminent domain, and insurance law.

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Legal Alert (January - March 2011)

March 17, 2011

The firm’s first Legal Alert for 2011.

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Legal Alert (October - December 2010)

December 30, 2010

The firm’s fourth Legal Alert for 2010.

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Legal Alert (July - September 2010)

September 01, 2010

The firm’s third Legal Alert for 2010.

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Legal Alert (April - June 2010)

June 09, 2010

The firm’s second Legal Alert for 2010.

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Legal Alert (January - March 2010)

March 05, 2010

First Legal Alert of 2010.

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Damon Key Attorneys Publish Hawaii Chapter in “A State-by-State Guide to Construction & Design Law”

January 07, 2010

Damon Key construction lawyers Kenneth Kupchak, Anna Oshiro, Christi-Anne H. Kudo Chock, and Tred Eyerly teamed together to write the Hawai`i chapter for the recent ABA publication, A State-by-State Guide to Construction and Design Law (2nd Ed.).  The book is a valuable resource for practitioners involved in the negotiation or review of construction and design contracts for projects in states other than their own.

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New Law Review Article: Recent Developments in Public Use and Pretext in Eminent Domain

October 23, 2009

The Summer 2009 issue of The Urban Lawyer (the ABA’s Section of State and Local Government Law‘s peer-reviewed law review), which was just published, includes an article by Damon Key attorney Robert Thomas: Recent Developments in Public Use and Pretext in Eminent Domain, 43 Urban Lawyer 563 (2009).

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Legal Alert (July-Sept 2009)

September 29, 2009

The firm’s third Legal Alert for 2009, available for download here.

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New Developments in Employment Eligibility Requirements & the E-Verify Online System

September 02, 2009

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has new regulations relating to the unlawful hiring or continued employment of aliens who are not authorized to work in the U.S. These new regulations describe the legal obligations of an employer…

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Breadth of the Flood Exclusion: A Flood is a Flood Including Storm Surge

August 03, 2009

Tred Eyerly’s article critiques the Fifth Circuit’s post-Hurricane Rita decision in a case involved insurance coverage for damage caused by storm surge to a construction yard. 

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Legal Alert (April-June 2009)

April 15, 2009

The firm’s second Legal Alert for 2009, available for download here, carries articles on our New Generation of Associates, C. Kubota and the Wahine Forum, an Inauguration Remembrance and the third part of the Tribute to Our Founders.

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Legal Alert (Jan.-March 2009)

January 15, 2009

The first Legal Alert for 2009, available for download here, carries articles on the firm’s Real Estate and Construction Practice, Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Customer Protection Act, national honors for Director Douglas Smith, and the second part of the Tribute to Our Founders.

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Hurricane and Flood Insurance After Hurricane Katrina

January 01, 2009

Many homeowners assume a homeowner’s policy provides hurricane and flood coverage.  This is typically not the case, as hurricane and flood coverage must be purchased separately. 

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Legal Alert (Oct.-Dec. 2008)

October 15, 2008

The last Legal Alert for 2008, available for download here, begins with a Tribute to our Founders. Other articles cover Construction in Risky Times, Employee Wellness Programs, and the filing by the firm of two friend-of-the-court briefs involving complex constitutional maritime issues for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Legal Alert (July - Sept. 2008)

July 01, 2008

The firm’s third Legal Alert for 2008, available for download here, discusses the New Dept. of Homeland Security Pre-Boarding Requirement for 90-Day Visitors, Worksite Enforcement of Illegal Workera, our Immigration Practice, and Transient Vacation Rental Property Rights in Hawaii.

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Legal Alert (Apr. - June 2008)

April 01, 2008

Our second Legal Alert for 2008, available for download here, carries articles on our Legal Bloggers, our Maritime and Aviation Practice Group, Employee Eligibility Requirements and Online Verification, and an introduction to our newest Director Mark Murakami.

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Legal Alert (Jan. - March 2008)

January 01, 2008

The firm’s first Legal Alert for 2008, available for download here, carries articles on Insurance 101 (basic considerations regarding insurance policies), our own Insurance Practice, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services New Employment Eligibility Verification Form.

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