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What should I know about deadlines for Oregon civil appeals?

In our past few blog posts, we have discussed some common contracts that employers can use in an effort to keep their trade secrets from getting into the hands of competitors. If you recall, we have discussed how it is sometimes necessary to head to court to enforce those contracts. These civil cases might end up leading to an appeal if you don't agree with the court's decision. Understanding some of the basic points regarding appeals in Oregon is vital in those cases.

When must an appeal be filed?

What is a non-competition agreement?

Keeping trade secrets from getting into the hands of competitors is a priority for many employers. Over the course of the last two blog posts, we have discussed some of the methods used to keep these secrets from getting out. If you recall, we discussed non-disclosure agreements. Another tool that employers can use is the non-competition agreement.

What is a non-competition agreement?

What is the purpose of a nondisclosure agreement?

Last week, we discussed how important it is that business owners keep their intellectual secrets from getting out to competitors. As we discussed, some business owners use nondisclosure agreements to help keep trade secrets protected. Learning about nondisclosure agreements might help some small business owners decide if these contracts are a good option for their business.

Why should I have employees sign nondisclosure agreements?

Protect your intellectual property to protect your business

Keeping your business protected is a key concern of business owners. This isn't always as easy as just making sure that you have a steady stream of income coming in. Instead, you have to make sure that the intellectual property of your business is protected. This can sometimes mean having to wage legal battles in federal or civil court to protect trade secrets or uphold non-compete agreements.

We know that as a busy business owner, you don't have time to deal with lengthy legal battles. We can stand on your behalf through a variety of court proceedings and other events to help ensure that your business' interests remain protected.

Important litigation tips

Are you involved in civil litigation in Oregon, and are you about to go before the court? If so, you should take a look at the following tips, which can help you work quickly and effectively through this process. These are especially important if you have never been to court before.

1. Don't look for revenge.

Personal injury cases deserve aggressive representation

In our most recent blog posts, we have discussed personal injury cases. In one, we discussed the importance of taking action after you are injured because of another person's negligence. In the other, we discussed how personal injury cases sometimes go through the appeal process. One factor that remains constant is that you will need someone familiar with the applicable laws so that you can ensure your rights are respected.

We understand that you might not feel up to having to wage a legal battle while you are trying to heal after a catastrophic injury. We can handle the legal work so that you can place your focus on healing.

Personal injury cases sometimes require an appeal

In our previous blog, we discussed how victims who are injured during an accident have the right to seek compensation for their injuries. This process is handled through the civil court system. In some cases, a settlement is reached through negotiation. In other cases, a judge or jury decides how the case should be resolved. If a judge or jury decides your case, you have the right to appeal if it doesn't resolve the way you think it should.

A civil appeal is initiated to look into errors of the law, which means that if something didn't occur as it should have from a legal standpoint, the appeal will be granted. If no error of law is found, the appeal is denied. Once a case is decided by an appeals court, the ability to further appeal is very limited.

Take action after being injured in an accident

Truck accidents, car accidents and other accidents can often lead to injuries. Those injuries are sometimes serious and require ongoing medical care. For people who are injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another person, it is often possible to seek compensation for those injuries.

If you have been injured in an accident, your first priority should be to get the medical care you need. In order to have a valid claim for compensation, you have to do what is necessary to heal from your injury. This is the premise of mitigating the damages.

Improper construction claims require serious representation

Construction litigation is a serious matter. For the property owner, the claim means that there is something seriously wrong with the structure that needs to be corrected. For the contractor, it means a client is calling the quality of their work into question. Both sides have to prove their side of the case effectively or they risk losing the case.

There are several problems that can creep up with construction litigation. The property owner might find that there are defects with the construction. Those defects might not be the fault of the contractor; however, some property owners might assert that the contractor should have noticed the defect during the course of working on the home. That might not necessarily be true if the defect was hidden within the material. Still, it is important for both sides to get an answer as to who is liable for the issue.

Does the Supreme Court have to take your case?

You know that you have a right to a fair trial in any case, as all citizens of Oregon do. You also know that you have a right to appeal, and the appellate court then has to go over the decision to see if it was made in error. However, what if things go past that point? What if you want to appeal the appellate court's decision and take things all the way to the Supreme Court?

It's good to know that the Supreme Court is the last stop for a case. They get the final say as the most important court in the country. Whatever they say stands, and they can overturn appellate courts and trial courts.

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