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Dean Kirkland

Northwest Business Litigation

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The Northwest Business Litigation blog is a resource for in-house counsel, business executives, human resource managers and others who monitor litigation and legal issues affecting Northwest businesses. The litigation group of Ater Wynne LLP hosts the blog. Go to Ater Wynne LLP's Website.

Last week the Oregon Supreme Court held that taxi cab drivers are employed by the cab company and are not independent contractors for purposes of the unemployment tax. In Broadway Cab LLC v. Employment Department, the Court first applied the...

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Earlier this month, Judge Edward M. Chen of the Northern District of California granted class action status to the plaintiffs in the on-going litigation against the popular ride-sharing app, Uber Technologies, Inc. The lawsuit was originally brought on behalf of...

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Yesterday, President Obama signed an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide their employees with up to seven days of paid sick leave per year, accruing at the rate of one hour for every thirty hours worked. The sick leave...

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Startups and even established companies have increasingly turned to employee leasing companies, PEOs and staffing firms to supply workers. Some view this practice as a way to minimize potential liability for employment-related claims. The NLRB recently issued a decision changing...

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The Ninth Circuit recently found in France v. Johnson that an employee who was repeatedly questioned about his retirement plans was entitled to a trial on his claim for age discrimination. Plaintiff, a 54-year old border patrol agent, worked for...

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The Oregon Supreme Court held last week that the attorney-client privilege applies to communications between a law firm's lawyers and the firm's in-house counsel. In Crimson Trace Corp. v. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, plaintiff sued its lawyers for malpractice, and...

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As discussed in our earlier posts (Part 1 and Part 2), the EEOC and NLRB have in recent years targeted employers who impose restrictions on employee speech and conduct that could chill employees' exercise of their rights under the NLRA...

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The EEOC’s recent lawsuits against employers described in Part 1 follow the NLRB’s similar attempts in recent years to rein in employer restrictions that could impact employee speech and other employment rights under federal labor law. The focus of the...

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The EEOC and NLRB continue to target employers who restrict employee speech and conduct, especially when those restrictions could impact employees’ rights under labor and employment laws. The EEOC recently filed suit attacking the use of certain terms in employer...

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State Representative (and Ater Wynne attorney) Shemia Fagan is hosting a free Cover Oregon training for businesses and individuals interested in learning about the new online health insurance marketplace. This hands-on training will be more extensive than the presentations Cover...

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Last week the Oregon Supreme Court invalidated a statutory cap on noneconomic tort damages. The plaintiffs in Klutschkowski v. PeaceHealth asserted a medical malpractice claim to recover for injuries their son had sustained during birth. Plaintiffs contended that the damages...

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Ater Wynne invites you to attend its next employment law seminar, on Thursday, September 19, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Portland's World Trade Center. A panel will discuss Gender Equality: Emerging LGBT Issues in the Workplace. For details and...

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Following in the footsteps of Seattle, San Francisco, and others, the City of Portland enacted a sick leave ordinance on March 13, 2013, applicable to employees who work at least 240 hours per calendar year within the City limits. Employees...

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Courts considering motions to certify a class action can't shy away from considering the merits, if doing so is necessary to determine whether the class meets the requirements of FRCP 23(a). That was the conclusion reached last week by the...

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The Oregon Supreme Court in Cocchiara v. Lithia Motors, Inc., (discussed in our earlier blog post here) opened up the possibility of a promissory estoppel or fraud claim against an employer who withdraws an offer of at-will employment. The Supreme...

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The Oregon Supreme Court this month held that a person offered at-will employment may be able to state a claim for promissory estoppel and fraud when the prospective employer retracts the offer. In Cocchiara v. Lithia Motors, Inc., according to...

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Last week the U.S. Supreme Court held that a securities fraud plaintiff need not prove the materiality of defendant's alleged misrepresentations or omissions in order to obtain class certification. While materiality is a necessary element of a securities fraud claim,...

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Last week the Oregon Court of Appeals again addressed the appropriate ratio of punitive to compensatory damages when compensatory damages are modest. One week after affirming an award of punitive damages that was 200 times compensatory damages in Lithia Medford...

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The Oregon Court of Appeals last week affirmed a jury award of $100,000 in punitive damages in a case where compensatory damages were $500. The Court applied the standards set forth by the Oregon Supreme Court last year in Hamlin...

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A federal judge in Illinois recently ruled that a Chicago company's long-term use of the term "vault" to describe its product did not defeat an Oregon company's use of the term as a registered trademark. Edsal Manufactoring Company, Inc., an...

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This week the U.S. Supreme Court again affirmed the broad scope of the Federal Arbitration Act, holding that when a contract includes a valid arbitration provision, an arbitrator, and not a court, should decide in the first instance whether the...

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On election day, voters in Washington decriminalized the production, processing, sale, and possession of marijuana under state law by approving Initiative Measure No. 502 (I-502). Effective December 6, 2012, Washington law will no longer prohibit the possession of specified amounts...

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Even famed test pilot Chuck Yeager can't avoid the sham affidavit rule. Last month the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court judge's decision to disregard a declaration that Yeager submitted in opposition to a summary judgment motion, on the ground...

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Last week, the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of an employee’s age discrimination claim under state law for failure to comply with the employer’s grievance and arbitration procedure. In Hatkoff v. Portland Adventist Medical Center, the employee had...

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Earlier this year, the NLRB Office of General Counsel issued OM 12-59, its third memo on employer social media policies, addressing whether such policies violate an employee’s right under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act to engage in...

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Buried in a lengthy Ninth Circuit opinion about a controversial Arizona sheriff is a procedural nugget of interest to federal court litigants: Failure to reallege a dismissed claim in an amended complaint no longer constitutes a waiver of the right...

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Last week, the Oregon Court of Appeals held that a handyman was an employee, and not an independent contractor, for unemployment tax purposes. Under Oregon law, an independent contractor must be both "free from direction and control over the means...

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Last week the Oregon Court of Appeals weighed in on an issue being litigated around the country by homeowners who have defaulted on their mortgages: whether a nonjudicial foreclosure can occur where there has been no recorded assignment to the...

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When a plaintiff invokes the federal courts' diversity jurisdiction, it must plead both the state of incorporation and the principal place of business of corporate parties. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court in Hertz Corp. v. Friend adopted the "nerve...

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In Kollman v. Cell Tech International, Inc., decided last month by the Oregon Court of Appeals, one of the issues before the court was whether the plaintiff shareholder's claim against another shareholder for breach of fiduciary duty was derivative or...

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