Business Law

Oregon Intrastate Private Offering Exemption: Securities-Based Crowdfunding in Oregon, at Last?

by Lee Lashway Oregon is on the verge of joining a small number of other states in charting a path for its small businesses looking to raise a relatively small amount of capital through the sale of securities to a broader...

Oregon Limited Liability Companies: Do I Need An Operating Agreement?

by Lee Lashway Limited liability companies (“LLCs”) have become a common choice of entity in Oregon in the 20-plus years since adoption of the Oregon Limited Liability Company Act (“Act”). LLCs are formed by filing Articles of Organization (“Articles”) with...

Labels Can Be Misleading: General Partnership Interests As Securities

by Lee Lashway In a previous article titled “Are Membership Interests in LLCs Securities Under Oregon Law?”, we considered the application of investment contract theory to determine whether interests in member-managed limited liability companies (“LLCs”) could be considered securities and...

Documents to Protect and Capitalize on Intellectual Property

by John Rake All companies need to take steps to document their rights in and the value of their intellectual property. When your core business is based on key intellectual property, be it a distinctive brand (trademark), innovative invention (patent),...

Executing Enforceable and Practical Non-Compete Agreements

by Jason Yarashes Savvy business owners realize the value of key employees. The savviest business owners consider the execution of a strong non-compete agreement with key employees to avoid costly fallout when key employees leave the business. The loss of...

NLRB Lays Its Notice Posting Rule to Rest

by Kate Grado What seems like ages ago, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a controversial rule that required a significant portion of private sector employers — both union and non-union — to post a notice informing employees of...

Succession Planning: No Better Time to Start Than Now

by Jason Yarashes As the old adage goes:  Sometimes, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. This saying is applicable to innumerable instances throughout life, not the least of which is business owners who wait to consider selling...

Federal Contractors and Subcontractors: Is your business prepared to comply with new requirements?

by Kate Grado The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in the Department of Labor recently finalized a new rule affecting the nondiscrimination and affirmative action obligations of federal contractors and subcontractors. The new rule, which is effective on...

Q&A: When to Publicly Announce New Business Idea or Product

by John Rake Q:  When is the right time to publicly announce a new business idea or product? A:  It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of a new business or product launch, but without careful planning, a...

Tips for Productive 2013 Year-End Tax Planning

by Ted Simpson Year-end tax planning could be especially productive this year because timely action could nail down a host of tax breaks that won’t be around next year unless Congress acts to extend them, which, at the present time,...

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