In Oregon and other states, it is not unusual for business law attorneys to be involved in counseling companies or individual shareholders regarding disputes within the ownership elite of the company. When the company is a public one, there may be highly visible campaigns for election of candidates to a seat on the board of directors. In fact, one of the biggest boardroom battles in recent history is now playing out for a seat on Procter & Gamble's board. Sometimes, these conflicts regarding ownership and management control can result in business litigation.
It is a sad fact of American life that families that work together do not always stay together. Some of the most ruthless, prolonged and bitter controversies are conducted by family members, including by parents, children and siblings, against each other. Business litigation in Oregon and elsewhere is sometimes marked by these kinds of intractable conflicts.
As a business owner or intellectual property holder, how you handle proprietary information is key to protecting your interests. Thankfully, countless laws related to copyright, trademark and communications secure your information. One common tool many business owners use to protect their interactions with associates and third parties is a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).
Oregon has its fair share of commercial law transactions that contain an international aspect. Many companies that are worldwide leaders in their industry purchase a segment of another company to enhance a division of the purchaser's operations. In some business & commercial law transactions, the larger company may purchase the total assets of a smaller company. Such purchases are made to diversify the larger company's product line or to add elements to an operational division that are thought to be necessary to increase production and/or sales.
Jurisdiction is a difficult concept to grasp in many business litigation matters. The court where a lawsuit is filed must have the power to hear the business litigation case, or the court will dismiss the matter for lack of jurisdiction. The defendant company may appeal the grant of jurisdiction by the court and bring the issue into play in that matter. Issue of jurisdiction may arise in Oregon state and federal courts as well in the courts in all other states.