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Oregon Supreme Court Affirms Vacating of $100 Million Punitive Damages Award in Philip Morris USA Case

On June 24, 2010, the Oregon Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Oregon Court of Appeals in setting aside a $100 million punitive damages award imposed against Philip Morris USA. At the time of the original verdict, it was the largest...

Bob Steringer Speaks to OPB regarding “Open Courts” and Its Application to the Boy Scouts of America Case

HLGR shareholder Bob Steringer was quoted in a news story that ran June 14, 2010, on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s local report during NPR’s Morning Edition. Bob spoke on the “open courts” provision of the Oregon Constitution and its application to...

Employment Law Alert: Recent Developments Regarding Workplace Privacy Rights

Recent Developments Regarding Workplace Privacy Rights New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Privacy of Employee Personal Emails Accessed on Work Computer On March 30, 2010, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a decision in Stengart v. Loving Care Agency, Inc., 201...

Employment Law Alert: Medical Marijuana Update / New Health Care Reform Law Provides Break Time for Nursing Mothers

Medical Marijuana Update/New health care reform law provides break time for nursing mothers Employers Need Not Accommodate Medical Marijuana Users Oregon State Supreme Court rules federal Controlled Substances Act preempts state law On April 15, 2010, the Oregon Supreme Court...

Shareholder Disputes: A Statutory Escape Route

In this month’s Oregon State Bar Bulletin, Susan Marmaduke discusses a fairly new Oregon statute that provides for a court-ordered “divorce” for warring shareholders, allowing both sides to move on toward a more productive future. Click on the following link to...

Health Law Alert

Health Law Alert Following the March 23 signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the related amendments under the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, on March 30, the enormous effort of implementing comprehensive health reform has...

Employment Law Alert: New Workplace Credit Check Ban Enacted By Oregon Legislature

NEW WORKPLACE CREDIT CHECK BAN ENACTED BY OREGON LEGISLATURE Senate Bill 1045, adopted by the Oregon Legislature during the February 2010 special legislative session, will prohibit, with limited exceptions, the use of credit histories by employers in making employment-related decisions....

Easy Access to Records Poses Hard Questions

The Chair of the firm’s Government Law Department, Pete Shepherd, recently contributed an opinion piece about possible improvements to Oregon’s Public Records and Public Meetings Laws.

Suit Filed Against Life Insurance Company on Behalf of Widow

Long-time HLGR shareholder Bill Gary represents a Eugene widow who is suing her late husband’s insurer for denying benefits following his fatal household accident on the grounds of the policy’s intoxication exclusion. Click here to read the story by The Register-Guard.

DOJ Increases Budget to Investigate and Prosecute Healthcare Fraud Cases

DOJ Increases Budget to Investigate and Prosecute Healthcare Fraud Cases The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that the Obama administration has requested $29.2 billion for the Justice Department’s national security and traditional law enforcement missions. The Department has stated...