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When Should a Board Appoint a Special Committee?

The proper use and operation of a special committee can protect decisions of public and private companies from challenge and insulate individual directors from personal liability.
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Reefer Madness at the Court of Appeals

Among the challenging issues for Oregon courts in the last decade is the question of whether, and to what extent, employers must accommodate employees who are legally using marijuana for disabling medical conditions.
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Tonkon Torp Announces New Partners

Tonkon Torp LLP is pleased to announce that Paul W. Conable and Michael W. Fletcher have been elected partners of the firm effective January 1, 2006.
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U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Pay Issues Regarding Special Safety Gear

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling has clarified the definition of a compensable work day for employees required to wear special safety gear.
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Marion County Court Invalidates Measure 37

Oregon's Measure 37 has been at the center of controversy since being passed by voters in 2004. Recently, Measure 37 was ruled unconstitutional by the Marion County Circuit Court. This article provides a brief update regarding these developments.
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Annual Report Review and Tune-Up

Since the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the SEC has paid particular attention to the MD&A section of each public company's Annual Report. This article discusses the SEC guidelines for tuning up your MD&A section.
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Chinese Premerger Notification Requirements

While the People's Republic of China continues its halting steps toward robust merger control legislation, many foreign investors and companies are not aware that current PRC premerger notification regulations may require notification of and approval…
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Protecting and Leveraging Your Intellectual Property

Building a solid intellectual property foundation is just as important as generating capital or seeking investors. This article outlines simple steps that can help you establish and maintain a sound intellectual property foundation for your business…
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Collision of Medical Marijuana and Oregon Disability Laws Leaves Employers in Limbo

Among the challenging human resource issues for Oregon employers in the last decade is the question of how to handle employees who are legally using marijuana. Must employers accommodate medical marijuana use?
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Buyer and Lender Beware: Financing Measure 37 Property

Eight months after taking effect, Measure 37 still triggers more questions than answers. One of the most significant unresolved question is whether waivers of land use regulations are transferable. This article explores the issue of waiver…
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Tonkon Torp's Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America® 2006

A remarkable thirty-five percent of Tonkon Torp partners were selected by their legal peers in Woodward, White's 2006 Best Lawyers in America.
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Are Your Employees Putting You At Risk When They Drive While Gabbing?

Potential liability continues to grow for employers. Some have recently been found liable for car accidents caused, at least in part, by an employee's use of a cell phone to conduct business.
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H-1B Cap Reached for Fiscal Year 2006

On August 12, 2005, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the annual quota of H-1B numbers available for Fiscal Year 2006 has been reached.
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Supreme Court Opens Door to More Age Discrimination Lawsuits

The Court's opinion in Smith v. City Of Jackson is almost certain to increase the volume of age discrimination claims.
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H-1B Numbers Dwindle

H-1B numbers will soon be depleted according to figures recently released by the government. Once depleted, H-1B numbers will not become available until October 1, 2006.
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Pro Bono Takes Center Stage at Prominent Local Firm Retreat

Tonkon Torp's legacy of pro bono was a cornerstone of the firm's annual retreat this year. This Multnomah Lawyer article highlights the firm's commitment to pro bono, a core value of the firm since its inception that continues to this day.
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Government's Ability to Condemn Private Property For Economic Redevelopment

On June 23, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. City of New London upheld the condemnation of private property in furtherance of an economic redevelopment plan.
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New Treasury Regulations Governing Tax Advice

Effective June 21, 2005, the Treasury Department issued final regulations to add standards of practice for tax advisors and to prescribe new requirements for written tax advice.
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Tonkon Torp Attorneys Selected for Chambers & Partners USA 2005-2006

Tonkon Torp LLP's reputation as home to some of the most impressive legal talent in the state is strengthened by the recognition of ten Tonkon Torp partners as America's leading business lawyers by Chambers and Partners USA® 2005-2006.
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Biometric Exit Pilot in Seattle; ICE Arrests 9 Working on Visa Waiver

The Department of Homeland Security begins a Biometric Exit Pilot program at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Also, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency arrested nine people working illegally on the visa waiver program.
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