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July 2011 Archives

Out-Sourced In-House Counsel Can Provide Efficiencies

Many small to medium size businesses find themselves in no-man's land with regard to day-to-day legal oriented tasks. Larger companies can justify maintaining a full staff of in-house lawyers. These lawyers typically deal with the smaller legal needs of a company-letter writing to a delinquent vendor, legal advice on a human resources decision, contract negotiation over an order purchase, and the like.

Put Your Best Efforts into RFP Responses

We represent many small businesses in both Portland and Seattle. One of the more important issues many businesses face -- especially start-ups and new ventures -- is finding and securing relationships with vendors. Often this is done by publishing a Request for Proposal (RFP), also known as a 'Call for Bid'.

Targeted Discovery is Better for Cost-Conscious Business Litigants With Strong Cases

We've all heard of litigants burying an opponent in paper discovery documents as a litigation tactic. Not all of Slinde Nelson's Portland or Seattle business law clients have the kind of resources necessary to engage in that kind of fight, however. And the more resources your opponent has, the less likely that tactic is to succeed in any event.

New Procedures at Construction Contractors Board

The construction industry is bouncing back, though not quick enough. The recent bad years have resulted in a decrease in licensing fees and other revenue generated by the State of Oregon through its Construction Contractors Board (CCB), which has resulted in cut backs in funding to the CCB. The CCB is charged with, among other things, licensing contractors and conducting a dispute resolution service that (prior to July 1, 2011) allows contractors, material suppliers and homeowners direct access to a contractor's surety bond. Prior to July 1, 2011, complaints in the small commercial structure and residential sectors did not require a party to file a lawsuit and obtain a judgment against the contractor before the aggrieved party could obtain payment from the contractor's bond. The CCB funding crisis has resulted in changes to this, however, and effective July 1, 2011, the CCB will now only act as a mediator of disputes. Until further notice, the CCB will no longer issue orders requiring a contractor's surety bond to disburse bond proceeds, and if a party wants to obtain payment from the contractor's bond, they must now first obtain a court judgment in their favor against the contractor. 

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