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Leveraged Buyout Borrowers Face a Refinancing 'Cliff'
Tonkon Torp business attorney Michael Fletcher is quoted at length in a January 27th article in the Portland Business Journal. The article discusses the impending refinancing 'cliff' tied to billions of dollars in loans and bonds from the leveraged…
California Cap and Trade Program Likely to Face Legal Challenges
In his January 18, 2012 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Paul Conable discusses challenges California's recently adopted "cap and trade program" is likely to face, and what that may mean for other states if they attempt to…
"Going Rogue" Vendor Control in the Age of HR Outsourcing
Haley Morrison was featured in an article in The Recorder titled "'Going Rogue' Vendor Control in the Age of HR Outsourcing" in December 2011. Haley joined the firm’s Labor & Employment practice in 2015. She provides counsel to employers on a wide…
Law Firm Centers its Energy on the Portland Market
The Portland Business Journal awarded Tonkon Torp 5th place in the Professional Services Category at the December 7th, "Oregon's Most Admired Companies" Luncheon. The Portland Business Journal also published a profile of the firm in the December 9…
Employee Classifications: Getting the C-Suite's Ear
Haley Morrison co-authored an article in Inside Counsel titled "Employee Classifications: Getting the C-Suite's Ear" in December 2011. This article addresses how to avoid the dangers of wage and hour class-actions.
Preserving Bull Run: Looking Deeper into Portland's Water Variance
In an editorial for the Oregonian, Tonkon Water Law expert Janet Neuman celebrates Portland's recent victory in obtaining a variance from the Environmental Protection Agency's treatment standards for Bull Run water. Neuman stresses that the…
Binding Arbitration - Oregon Dealers Cannot Require Binding Arbitration of Warranty Claims
Steven Wilker discusses recent Court decisions on binding arbitration for the November 2011 edition of the Oregon Automobile Dealers Association Newsletter.
Don't Tinker With Washington's Renewable Portfolio Standard
In his November 16, 2011 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Petersen advocates for the preservation of Washington's initiative I-937, which requires large utilities in the state to acquire 15 percent of their electricity…
Surviving Winter - The Ninth Circuit Reaffirms the "Serious Questions" Test for Injunctive Relief
In an article published in the Fall 2011 issue of Litigation Journal, Paul Conable and Frank Weiss discuss the recent opinion authored by Judge William A. Fletcher - Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Cottrell. In the opinion, the Ninth Circuit held…
Are Electric Vehicles Green or Brown?
In his October 19, 2011 "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David White discusses the green merits of electric vehicles (EVs). While many are concerned that EVs may use energy derived from coal plants, recent studies show that…
Detrimental Reliance Not Required To Get Actual Damages Under FCBA
Tonkon Torp attorney Anna Sortun achieved a victory before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which found that a credit card holder does not have to prove detrimental reliance to recover actual damages from a credit card company for…
Wind Energy Facilities: Real or Personal Property?
In a "Plugged In Column" for the DJC, Kimberlee Stafford discusses evaluating new title insurance endorsements available in Oregon that are specific to wind energy projects.
Renewable Portfolio Standards Face Constitutional Challenges
In a "Plugged In" column for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Jeanne Chamberlain discusses how renewable energy has become mainstream, with more than half of this nation's states now possessing mandatory renewable energy portfolio standards. As…
New UK Bribery Act Raises the Standard for Anti-Corruption Compliance for US Companies
The UK Bribery Act becomes effective on July 1, 2011. It applies to all companies doing business in the UK and it applies to bribes paid in any country in the world. American companies doing business overseas need to adopt and maintain robust anti…
Lawsuits Likely from BPA Wind Power Shut Down
The Bonneville Power Administration’s recent response to a short-term oversupply of energy – requiring wind farms to power down without compensation for lost revenue – reflects the agency’s failure to adapt to the evolving Northwest power marketplace…
Oregon watches California's RPS saga with great interest
On April 12, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a renewable energy bill – SBX1 2 – that requires public and private utilities in the state to obtain at least 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources, including solar, wind…
An Underused Defense Tool? Special Motions to Strike
In an article for the Litigation Journal, Anna Sortun discusses the "special motion to strike" or anti-SLAPP motion. The article describes the basic anti-SLAPP framework in Oregon, the expansion of anti-SLAPP litigation in California, and the…