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Business litigation often involves trademark infringement claims

Oregon has its fair share of trademark infringement and business interference claims. These claims are generally considered to be business litigation torts. In a nearby state, two organizations are battling over similar issues in court. One group, a growers' association, is suing an orchard enterprise, Boa Vista Orchards, on a claim that the orchard is usurping the association's trademark name and interfering with its business operations.

Pay to play? 5 things to know about changing net-neutrality rules

As a business owner, you know how important your web presence is in reaching customers. You may therefore be wondering about the decision this month by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to eliminate so-called "net neutrality" rules.Those rules have regulated internet service providers since 2015. They have prevented internet service providers (ISPs) from taking actions such as blocking certain websites or charging more for faster load times or other higher-end service. Here are five important things to know about how the new regulations could affect your business.

Court rules trade secrets were taken in business litigation case

Misappropriation of trade secrets is a common subject for litigation in Oregon and other states. In one business litigation case in another state, a federal district court judge recently ruled in favor of a trade secrets claim made by The Manitowoc Company, Inc. against Sany Heavy Industries and Sany America. Manitowoc is a major international manufacturer of cranes and lift mechanisms.

Business law principles are used in selling the business

When selling a business in Oregon and elsewhere, there are three steps to take in getting the business ready to sell. The first step in such a business law transaction is to get an appraisal. The appraiser uses recognized valuation methods to put a sale value on the business. This includes the elusive but important value of the good will of the business.

Business law attorneys may help a company facing a crisis

In Oregon as well as elsewhere, an outside law firm is sometimes called upon to assist a company in a crisis situation. These are usually unexpected chains of events that require the company to make some important decisions about how to respond and how to handle the problem. Business law attorneys may be critical in some circumstances in helping the company to start off on the right track and stay there.

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