Protecting Confidential Business Information

In their September 2013 "General Counsel" article for the Portland Human Resource Management Association's News & Views, Blerina Kotori and Bob Carey provide an overview of the tools available to an employer to protect valuable confidential…
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Entrepreneurs Forge Ahead with ‘Crowdfunding’ Alternatives

Tom Palmer and Andrea Schmidt discuss crowdfunding alternatives for their recent "Risky Business" article, published by the Daily Journal of Commerce. While entrepreneurs wait for JOBS Act crowdfunding rules to be adopted by the Securities and…
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Steven Wilker and ACLU Argue for Records in Oregon Court of Appeals

Tonkon Torp litigation attorney Steven Wilker was repeatedly quoted in a recent Associated Press article published in the Register Guard. The article, "Oregon ACLU Seeks Records in Eugene Stun Gun Case," features Steven in his capacity as an attorney…
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Legislative Update: OFLA to Provide Leave to Deal with Death of a Family Member

Colin Love-Geiger and Bob Carey discuss the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) for their August 2013 "General Counsel" article, published by the Portland Human Resource Management Association in News & Views. During Oregon's 2013 legislative session, the…
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Just Passing More Laws Won't Solve Oregon's Industrial Lands Problem

In a recent editorial, David Petersen discusses efforts by the Oregon legislature to stimulate industrial development in Oregon. David argues that Oregon already has sufficient laws to promote development. What is needed is to better promote these…
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State Legislation On Energy Siting Should Uniformly Allow Local Input

In a recent editorial, David Petersen surveys two bills recently passed by the Oregon House. The bills are part of a multi-year effort to harmonize agricultural and energy uses of rural lands. However, one of the bills fails to bring crucial local…
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Oregon Weighs Potential Conflicts Between Energy Development and Arable Lands

In a new article, David Petersen discusses the friction between state policy and local attitudes about energy development issues in light of two recent bills adopted by the Oregon Legislature. David's article, reviewing House Bills concerning solar…
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After Becoming a Bankruptcy Creditor, Stay Engaged in the Process

In her July 11 "Risk Business " article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Ava Schoen advises bankruptcy creditors on how to best manage their role in the bankruptcy process.
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The PAGA Problem - The Unsettled State of PAGA Law Isn't Good for Anyone

Robyn Ridler Aoyagi and Christopher Pallanch study California's Private Attorney General Act of 2004 (PAGA) for their July 2013 article in Bender's California Labor & Employment Bulletin.
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Politics in the Workplace

Kristin Bremer Moore, Blerina Kotori, and Bob Carey discuss several laws that regulate political speech in the workplace for their July 2013 "General Counsel" articlepublished by the Portland Human Resource Management Association in News & Views…
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Oregon Changes Siting Rules for Commercial Solar

In his article for Solar Oregon, David Petersen discusses House Bill 2820, recently signed by Governor Kitzhaber. The bill makes important changes to how solar PV facilities are sited in Oregon.
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In Pursuit of a Triple Bottom Line

In his June 13 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Duncan Delano discusses the triple bottom line of the "benefit corporation" or "B Corp": profit, environmentalism, and social equity.
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Benefit Companies: They're (Almost) Here

Duncan Delano discusses House Bill 2296, which creates a new form of business entity called the "benefit company" in the June 10th edition of Sustainable Business Oregon, published by the Portland Business Journal.
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The Pitfall of the Unpaid Intern

For their June 2013 "General Counsel" article for the Portland Human Resource Management Association's News & Views, Blerina Kotori and Bob Carey outline the legal framework with respect to interns and provide guidance on hiring and paying interns…
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REITs, Master Limited Partnerships Could Make Playing Field More Level for Renewables

Duncan Delano and Kimberlee Stafford discuss two new approaches to encourage investment in renewable energy – master limited partnerships (MLPs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs) – for their June 5 article for the Portland Business Journal's…
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Best Practices in Drafting Independent Contractor Agreements

Haley Morrison co-authored an article in Matthew Bender in May 2013 addressing the best practices for drafting independent contractor agreements, including the importance of having a written, customized agreement, the overriding legal considerations…
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Litigation 101 - When Solid Business Plans Go Awry

In his May 16 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Steven Olson offers advice on best practices to follow when being sued or when pursuing legal action against another party.
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Evaluating the Independent Contractor Designation for Purpose of Wage Claims

In their "General Counsel" article for the May issue of Portland Human Resource Management Association's News & Views, Colin Love-Geiger and Bob Carey review the independent contractor designation. The article offers employers a reminder regarding…
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Chapter 11 Filings Are Down, but Not, Unfortunately, Out

Tim Conway discusses Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in his April 26 article for the Portland Business Journal. Today's business climate, still in transition, presents challenging choices for companies seeking new and restructured debt.
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Decker v. NEDC

In an article published by E-Outlook for the Oregon State Bar Environmental & Natural Resources Section, Max Miller studies the March 20, 2013 Supreme Court Opinion in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC).
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