Scaled-back BETC is fading into the sunset

In 2010, Oregon policymakers’ renewable energy dreams yielded to fiscal and political realities as the Legislature pared down and set a termination date for the Business Energy Tax Credit. Now that the Oregon Department of Energy has adopted final…
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Take steps now for managing estate taxes

Guest article written by Shouka Rezvani and Jackson Lewis, published in the Portland Business Journal on October 1, 2010.
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Renewable energy raises questions

Difficult decisions remain to be made because of issues concerning reliability and cost, in particular.
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The DJC honors Caroline Harris Crowne as an Up and Coming Lawyer

The Daily Journal of Commerce features Caroline Harris Crowne as one of their 2010 Up and Coming Lawyers honorees.
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Future can include wind and coal

A look at how coal-fired power plants can work in conjunction with alternative energy sources.
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Bankruptcy Lawyers Cash In

While the struggling economy has led to hiring freezes and dwindling client bases for many firms, those specializing in bankruptcy and finance report robust practices and overflowing workloads.
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New solar energy pilot program offers alternative to tax credit incentives

Attorneys with clients interested in building projects that generate solar energy will want to pay close attention to a new pilot program that takes effect July 1. The Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) recently issued final rules for the…
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Are Mandatory Mediation Clauses Enforceable?

Caroline Harris Crowne discusses the enforceability of mandatory mediation clauses in her article for the Spring 2010 issue of the Oregon State Bar's Litigation Journal. In recent years, courts across the nation have become increasingly willing to…
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Offers of Judgment in Oregon State Court

In his article for the Winter 2010 issue of the Oregon State Bar's Litigation Journal, Steven Wilker discusses the use and effectiveness of Offers of Judgment in Oregon, in ligth of several siginificant rulings made by the Oregon Supreme Court.
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Oregon Legislature Hears Proposals To Modify The Business Energy Tax Credit

The 2010 special session of the Oregon Legislature began this week, and the House Revenue Committee wasted no time in holding a hearing on proposed revisions to the Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) that is available to projects in the conservation…
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Nonprofit Governance in Challenging Times: Making Wise Decisions<br>Seminar Materials

In today's unpredictable economy, nonprofit boards must learn to adjust to meet the changing needs of their organizations and communities. Nonprofit governance provides the linkage between nonprofit leaders and organizational change.
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Tonkon Torp Lawyer the Busiest He's Ever Been

To call him a bankruptcy attorney misses the point. Al Kennedy, a 25-year partner at Tonkon Torp LLP, does a whole lot more.
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The Business Energy Tax Credit Delivers for Oregon

Last Sunday's Oregonian included an article questioning the state's Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) program in light of the current economic climate. Some might put the tax credit on their list to cut, but that would be a mistake.
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Arbitration and Federalism - Conflicts in Federal and State Substantive and Procedural Law

Caroline Harris Crowne discusses "Arbitration and Federalism: Conflicts in Federal and State Substantive and Procedural Law" for her contribution to the Oregon State Bar book, Arbitration and Mediation.
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College Track

In a time as bleak as a moonscape in March, there is still Ruth Zagorodny. As it's become inescapable that we've blown the last six years on bad decisions and worse behavior, that we're leaving the next generations a legacy of trillions in debt, a…
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Federal Arbitration Act Preempts Oregon Legislature's 2007 Amendment to Oregon Arbitration Act

Caroline Harris Crowne co-authored an article on the Federal Arbitration Act for the Summer 2008 issue of the Oregon State Bar's Litigation Journal.
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Second Oregon Home Achieves Platinum LEED Certification

Our client, Teeny Development, LLC, has achieved Platinum LEED certification on its first of 18 townhomes under construction in Lincoln City.
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Jeff Cronn Named to Forty Under 40

Tonkon Torp partner Jeff Cronn was a 2008 recipient of the Portland Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Award.
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Some Biz Lawyers Worry Over Sustainability Effort

As Oregon's economic climate grows ever greener, some say certain strategies designed to cater to sustainability-minded businesses could actually repel companies from incorporating here.
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Key Word Advertising Using Trademarked Terms - Fair or Foul?

Steven Wilker discusses the use of trademarked terms as key word triggers in internet advertising for the Spring 2008 edition of the Oregon Intellectual Property Newsletter.
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