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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."
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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…
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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…
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"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…
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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…
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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.
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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…
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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.
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Encouraging Lawyers To Adopt Sustainability Goals

In an editorial for Sustainability: The Journal of Record, Max Miller, Jr. encourages lawyers to be advocates for sustainability.
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Weak Job Market Kills Stricter Ozone Standards

In a "Plugged In Column" for the Daily Journal of Commerce, Jeanette Schuster discusses the impact of the economic recession on environmental regulations.
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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…
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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.
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Paying Extra to Plug In

In his "Plugged In" article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, David Forman studies the proposed per mile fee for drivers of electric-vehicles. Oregon wants to charge electric-vehicle owners a fee for driving on state roads. The current proposal is…
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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…
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