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Are there limitations on noncompetition agreements?

Employees in Oregon might benefit from understanding more about noncompetition agreements as described by the state legislature. Noncompetition agreements may be described as a contract between an employee and employer in which the employee agrees not to compete with the employer's products, services or processes for a specific duration of time or within a specific geographic location after termination. These types of agreements are often a condition of employment or finalizing a business contract.

Protecting firms by safeguarding their assets

Modern companies all rely on intellectual property of some form, but their rights to their ideas and methodologies aren't guaranteed. Other corporations, ex-employees and other parties may decide to take these trade secrets for themselves and profit. Although firms generally retain the ability to pursue action against those who violate the sanctity of their IP, they must follow the proper avenues to take full advantage of their lawful options. The lawyers at Oregon-based Chenoweth Law Group PC understand how important it is to safeguard the trade secrets your business revolves around, so we work hard to help you build and enforce legal protections.

Boundary disputes in Oregon

Boundary issues can be unexpected and frustrating for a property owner. You may feel that your area is well-defined, but ownership and property values could be affected if a dispute arises showing differences for a plat or deed. Because your real estate investments are important, it is helpful to work with an experienced lawyer who understands boundary issues if such a dispute arises.

Superfund sites

The state of Oregon has its share of Superfund sites, and that means that the health problems and environmental contamination associated with those areas can be a real problem for a substantial number of the state's citizens. Ever since the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act was passed in 1980, the term Superfund has been used to designate areas that have been toxified and environmentally devastated, most often by heavy industrial use.

Oregon will contests

People in Oregon sometimes choose to challenge a will that has been submitted to court for probate. Challenging a will can be difficult, as courts generally strictly follow their provisions as representing the wishes of the deceased testator. There are certain situations which may arise that can overcome the court's presumption of a will's validity.

Aggressive legal representation for victims of severe injuries

Combining compassion with legal proficiency, we represent Oregon residents who've been severely injured in an accident caused by the negligent conduct of another person. Our lawyers understand that a serious injury like a spinal cord or brain injury can take a physical and financial toll on your life and the lives of your family members, and we firmly believe that you deserve compensation for your losses. We know that the recovery period can be long-term and that the medical expenses can be steep.

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.

Oregon and Oracle sue each other for breach of contract

The state of Oregon is suing software company Oracle after it claims that the company breached contracts and engaged in racketeering. Court documents show that the suit was filed in August in Marion County Circuit Court. Meanwhile, Oracle has sued the state of Oregon in federal court for breach of contract. The dispute arises from work done on Oregon's health care exchange website.

Federal government sued over rail car oil spill risk

Oregon residents may have heard that the U.S. Department of Transportation is being sued by the environmental groups ForestEthics and the Sierra Club. The environmental litigation, filed on Sept. 11, follows a legal petition that the groups delivered in July 2014. According to the petition, the groups demanded that the U.S. DOT prohibit older railroad tank cars, called DOT-111s, from transporting crude oil. They claim that these older railroad cars pose a significant environmental hazard because they are vulnerable to ruptures or punctures in an accident.

Judge rules that oil spill is mostly BP's responsibility

Oregon residents may remember the 87-day oil spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. According to recent reports, a federal judge made a ruling on Sept. 4 that may expose BP to significant penalties in connection with the offshore oil disaster. Although the company has made agreements to pay significant criminal fines and to compensate both individuals and businesses affected by the 2010 incident, the federal ruling could multiply the amount owed by four times.

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