Invasion of Personal Privacy

Today virtually everyone is carrying around cell phone/computers in their pockets, and has the ability to take pictures or videos at any time. This allows them to surreptitiously record images in locker rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms or other private settings. Further, stories abound in the media about people putting sex videos of celebrities or their former [...]

By |2017-05-14T00:12:10+00:00November 21st, 2016|Business Law, General|Comments Off on Invasion of Personal Privacy

Employers Should Consider Non-Solicitation Agreements

Non-solicitation agreements are very useful tools for many employers. A non-solicitation agreement contains language that prevents a departing employee from soliciting business from customers of the employer for a period of time. It may also prevent the departing employee from soliciting employees of the company for a period of time. The non-solicitation provisions may also [...]

By |2017-05-14T00:17:56+00:00October 22nd, 2016|Business Law, Confidentiality Agreement, General, Non-Competition, Non-Competition Agreement, Non-Solicitation Agreements|Comments Off on Employers Should Consider Non-Solicitation Agreements

Insurance Commission complaints provide new leverage in Oregon

Insurance commission complaints are subject to public disclosure beginning January 1, 2016. This will provide more transparency, and increase leverage against insurance companies that engage in unfair settlement practices. As background, there has existed in Oregon an unfair claims settlement practices statutes. Looking at some of the key provisions that would apply in a normal [...]

By |2017-05-14T00:20:42+00:00September 22nd, 2016|Business Law, General, Insurance Law, Insurance Legislation, Unfair Settlement Practices|Comments Off on Insurance Commission complaints provide new leverage in Oregon

Restrictions on use of background checks

New restrictions on use of criminal background checks in hiring are now in place. The new law in Oregon and the ordinance recently passed by the Portland City Council both went into effect on January 1, 2016. In popular language the legislation is referred to as “ban the box” legislation, referring to the box in [...]

By |2017-05-14T00:28:55+00:00May 10th, 2016|Background Checks, Ban The Box, Business Law, Criminal Background Checks, Employment Law, General|Comments Off on Restrictions on use of background checks

The powerful anti-SLAPP motion

A very powerful weapon exists in Oregon law in the form of an anti-SLAPP motion. The anti-SLAPP motion can tilt the tables against the deep pocket company, and can put a quick end to certain frivolous claims. “SLAPP” stands for “strategic lawsuits against public participation.” The statute is designed to provide for easy dismissal of [...]

By |2017-05-14T00:36:17+00:00April 22nd, 2016|Anti-SLAPP, Business Defamation, Business Law, Defamation, Employment Litigation, General, Libel, Slander|Comments Off on The powerful anti-SLAPP motion

Defamation claims and Google reviews

The Oregon Supreme Court recently addressed online defamation in a defamation case filed over an online Google review made by an individual. The case, Neumann v. Liles, 358 Or 706 (2016) was decided by the court on March 3, 2016. In that case, a guest had attended a wedding ceremony that was hosted by a [...]