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This week, the Oregon Court of Appeals, in Avanti Press, Inc. v. Emp't Dept. Tax, provided welcome relief to companies that engage independent contractors. In a world where courts and state and federal agencies have increasingly pursued companies for "misclassification"...This week, the Oregon...
The anti-discrimination provisions of the Fair Housing Act don't apply to a Roommate.com, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month in Fair Housing Council v. Roommate.com, LLC. Roommate.com operates a web site that helps roommates find each other....The anti-discrimination provisions of...
The National Labor Relations Board postponed the effective date of a final rule that will require most private-sector employers to post a notice informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The new effective date is April...The National Labor Relations Board postponed...
The Ninth Circuit recently rejected a small computer manufacturer's copyright misuse defense against Apple's claim that it had infringed on Apple's copyright in Mac OS X. In Apple, Inc. v. Psystar Corp., the Ninth Circuit attempted to distinguish the Fifth...The Ninth Circuit recently rejected a...
On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”), the most sweeping legislative patent reform in 59 years. While many provisions will not take effect until September 2012, the AIA mandates an immediate 15%...On September 16, 2011, President Obama...
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a final rule that will require most private-sector employers to post a notice informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), starting November 14, 2011. Exceptions exist for...The National Labor Relations Board...
The Oregon Court of Appeals last week revived a plaintiff's common law wrongful discharge claim against his former employer, based on his claim of retaliation for making complaints to his supervisors about management conduct and threatening to take his complaints...The Oregon Court of Appeals last...
Last week the Ninth Circuit, following a rehearing en banc, declined to exempt from antitrust scrutiny an agreement among grocers in Southern California that was designed to minimize the economic impact of a strike. In State of California v. Safeway,...Last week the Ninth Circuit, following a...
Oregon Court of Appeals: Tortious interference claim accrues when injury occurs, not when wrongful act occurs
A dispute over the inheritance of a family farm set the stage for a ruling by the Oregon Court of Appeals this week on the law of interference with economic relations. In Butcher v. McClain, plaintiffs were a woman and...A dispute over the inheritance of a family farm set the stage for a ruling by...
On Monday, a divided U. S. Supreme Court wrestled with the scope of personal jurisdiction in a products liability case. A concurring opinion signaled that the Court may in the future be open to re-assessing standards for personal jurisdiction in...On Monday, a divided U. S. Supreme Court wrestled...