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What Is Private Arbitration, and Can Arbitration Help Me Resolve My Legal Problem?

What Is Private Arbitration, and Can Arbitration Help Me Resolve My Legal Problem?

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

What Is Mediation, and How Can Mediation Help Me?

What Is Mediation, and How Can Mediation Help Me?

Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process involving a neutral third-party, who attempts to resolve disputes by seeking the parties’ agreement to a negotiated solution.  Mediation is not litigation or arbitration.  In litigation and arbitration, a judge or an arbitrator resolves a dispute by making…

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…