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Corn Ethanol in the Hot Seat
In his August 15 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Duncan Delano argues against recent efforts by members of Congress to waive the ethanol production requirement in the Renewable Fuel Standard. Waiving the production requirement…
Independent Contractors Bring Benefits When Properly Classified
In her August 7 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Kristin Bremer discusses the benefits and risks of hiring independent contractors. Independent contractors can provide flexibility and the potential for greater productivity…
Clean Diesel Outlook Optimistic Despite WHO Classification of Diesel Exhaust
In her July 18 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Andrea Schmidt discusses the future of diesel in light of the World Health Organization classifying it as carcinogenic. The ubiquity and economic value of diesel means it will…
Portland Attorney's Pro Bono Service Helps Balance Social, Economic Inequities
Tonkon Torp litigator Ned Perry was profiled in a June 14 article in the Daily Journal of Commerce's "BrieflyLegalPDX." The article highlights Perry's pro bono service for organizations such as Albina Head Start, Portland YouthBuilders, and Human…
Spring Wind and Rain: Too Much of a Good Thing?
In his June 20 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Jeff Cronn discusses the problem of excess energy supply facing Bonneville Power Administration. As a result of a wet winter and heavy spring runoff sent through Snake and…
Protecting the Board of Directors
In his June 12 "Risky Business" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Jeff Cronn discusses the importance of understanding directors’ obligations, and of having the right tools in place to protect them. When a company becomes ready to raise…
Sustainability: What Law Firms Have at Stake
Max Miller, chair of Tonkon Torp's Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group, is quoted in an article on sustainability in the May issue of Of Counsel. Miller discusses Tonkon Torp's own efforts towards sustainability in the article, which…
EEOC Issues New Guidance on Background Checks - ‘Business Necessity’ Standard Now Applies
Haley Morrison was involved in a Paul Hastings client alert in May 2012 about the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC), titled "EEOC Issues New Guidance on Background Checks - ‘Business Necessity’ Standard Now Applies."
Tonkon Torp Litigation Attorneys Write Material for OSB Guide to Pleading and Practice
Attorneys from Tonkon Torp's Litigation practice group contributed to the Oregon State Bar's newly published Oregon Civil Pleading and Practice, 6th edition.
Financing Renewable Energy Projects is Tricky, but Not Impossible
In his May 16 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Petersen reviews the current financing possibilities and difficulties facing the renewable energy industry. As a result of the slow-growing economy and low natural gas prices…
Unleash the Power of Thor: Why Aren't More People Talking About Thorium?
In his April 18 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Duncan Delano details the energy potential of the element thorium. An untapped source of nuclear energy, thorium reactors can be safer, greener, and more energy-efficient than…
Does ORCP 82 Really Require Security for Every Preliminary Injunction?
In his Spring 2012 Litigation Journal article, Steven Wilker studies the 1985 Oregon Supreme Court decision that a preliminary injunction issued without requiring security is void. As a result, the injunction order could be disobeyed without…
Oregon Can't Afford Not to Invest in Renewables
In her "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Kimberlee Stafford discusses recent efforts by Oregon and Washington legislators to water down their respective state renewable portfolio standards (RPS). While Oregon's HB 4073 withered…
Carefully Structure LLCs to Avoid Unintended Consequences
In an article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Justin Denton warns business owners to look closely at default rules when structuring LLCs. These default rules are almost never what owners would choose if they had been aware of them. The best…
Defense Department Leads the Way for Solar on Federal Lands
In his February 15 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Petersen discusses the results of a new Department of Defense study on the potential for solar energy development on federal lands. The report evaluates the solar energy…
Supervisors Must Recognize Requests for Accommodations
In a February 3 article for the Portland Business Journal, Clay Creps discusses front-line supervisors' obligation to recognize what constitutes a reasonable request for accommodation by an employee. Properly training supervisors to recognize these…
A Portland Partnership Shines, with Growth During Recession, A Collegial Culture, and an Ability to Win Major Matters
Tonkon Torp Managing Partner Michael M. Morgan was recently interviewed in the January Of Counsel article, "A Portland Partnership Shines, with Growth During Recession, a Collegial Culture, and an Ability to Win Major Matters."