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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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20,000 New H-1B Visas

The USCIS has issued guidance regarding the 20,000 additional FY 2005 H-1B numbers. Tonkon Torp urges immediate review of employee eligibility with legal counsel. There is a good possibility that the numbers will be exhausted soon after they become…
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Tonkon Torp Helps a Military Family Fight Back Against Creditors

Tonkon Torp LLP recently achieved a series of victories on behalf of its pro bono client, the family of an Oregon National Guardsmen serving in Iraq. In a case that has gained widespread media attention, Tonkon Torp attorney Paul Conable has been…
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Passports to be Required for Canada/Mexico Travel

Citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Bermuda will be required to carry passports for travel between neighboring countries and the Caribbean under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative announced by The Department of State and the…
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Better Watchdogs - Investigative Reporting on the Beat

Steven Wilker gave a presentation in Ashland, Oregon on April 9 and 10. His topic was "Better Watchdogs: Investigative Reporting on the Beat."
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H-1B Temporary Worker Shortage Looms

As of April 1, employers became eligible to file H-1B Petitions for foreign nationals not already employed pursuant to H-1B status, for the USCIS 2006 fiscal year with a start date of October 1, 2005. There is a chance the numbers will be exhausted…
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Corporate Governance Concerns Spill into Nonprofit World

Later this year, Congress is expected to consider legislation spelling out heightened corporate governance requirements for nonprofit organizations. With the potential additional regulation looming, many nonprofit boards are already taking steps to…
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Tonkon Torp Partner Steven M. Wilker Named One of Portland's 40 Under 40

Tonkon Torp LLP was again recognized for its outstanding younger lawyers with the selection of Steven M. Wilker in The Business Journal's annual 40 under 40 list.
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