WA County Legal Blog

Private Arbitration: Can It Help Me Resolve My Legal Problem?

Private Arbitration: Can It Help Me Resolve My Legal Problem?

Private arbitration is an agreed upon method for parties to resolve current or future legal disputes in lieu of traditional court litigation.  Often times, private arbitration is simpler, faster, and cheaper than going to court to trial in civil cases.  However, this is not always…

Creating Sound Business Processes Can Limit Your Business Liabilities

Creating Sound Business Processes Can Limit Your Business Liabilities

Whether you do business as a sole proprietor, are a shareholder in closely held corporation, a member of an LLC, or operate a public company as an officer or director, creating and maintaining good business processes can help limit your business’s internal and external liabilities.…

What Can A Confidentiality Agreement or NDA Do For My Business?

What Can A Confidentiality Agreement or NDA Do For My Business?

Your business can use confidentiality Agreements, sometimes referred to as Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), under a variety of circumstances to help protect its intellectual property, data, customer lists, proprietary and confidential business information, and other trade secrets from adverse uses by others. Often, a Confidentiality Agreement…

Protecting Your Business from Consumer Protection Litigation in Oregon

Protecting Your Business from Consumer Protection Litigation in Oregon

If your business engages in the sale of “real estate, goods, or services” or collection matters in Oregon, your business is subject to statutory consumer protections contained in Oregon’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act (UTPA), ORS 646.605, et. al.  The UTPA contains broad enforcement authority and…

Will You Be My Partner?  Understanding Oregon’s Partnership Law

Will You Be My Partner? Understanding Oregon’s Partnership Law

It is common to hear business associates loosely refer to one another as “partners”.  We have all probably been introduced as someone else’s “business partner”. In a legal sense, references such as these can be misleading to third-parties, incorrect, and dangerous.  Consequently, “partnership” references should…

Employees and Independent Contractors: A Case of Apples and Oranges?

Employees and Independent Contractors: A Case of Apples and Oranges?

Whether you are an employer looking to hire someone or someone looking for work, the classification of a person as an “employee” or an “independent contractor” is extremely important for practical, cost, and liability reasons.  In addition, most legal protections afforded to employees do not…

Employment Law Issues to be Aware of For Employers and Employees

Employment Law Issues to be Aware of For Employers and Employees

In our current environment of low unemployment, you hopefully will not hear the words: “You Are Fired!”  But, with new competition in hiring, American employers terminate current employees for many reasons.  Both employers and employees should understand related risks and responsibilities and protect themselves in…