October 2014 Archives

Noncompete agreements in Oregon

Entrepreneurs and employees in Oregon may benefit from learning more about the provisions governing noncompeting agreements in the state. These agreements must meet several criteria described in the provisions, otherwise that are voidable by state law. Employers are required to inform employees of a noncompetition agreement within an offer of employment at least two weeks before the first day work.

Appealing federal trial court decisions

As many Oregon residents know, the outcome of a civil case brought in federal court may be appealed by asking an appellate court to reverse or modify the lower court's decision. Either side may file an appeal in a civil case. The appellate court may also be asked to review decisions made by administrative agencies such as the Social Security Administration and bankruptcy courts.

Trade secrets and non-competition agreements

As many businesses may know, a venture's competitive edge may rely on information that is protected from competitors. Many of these policies and procedures are designated as trade secrets, and some businesses ask that employees sign non-compete agreements in order to provide these secrets with added protection.

Man files lawsuit after alleged attack by Costco security

An Oregon man filed a lawsuit against Costco in Multnomah County Circuit Court. In the lawsuit, the man claims that Costco store security detained him after he refused to show a receipt when leaving a store in Portland. The man alleges that store security hit him that resulted in a broken leg. Reports say that the leg was fractured in multiple places. The lawsuit seeks $500,000 for pain and suffering, $20,000 in lost wages and another $150,000 in medical bills incurred.

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