Oregon has its share of intellectual property disputes that arise in a wide variety of factual circumstances. One common area of business litigation involves disputes over royalty payments to artists, inventors and other claimants. These disputes often involve an entertainment setting where musicians, actors or writers claim that they are not getting paid their due royalties from a contractual relationship. Such claims are generally framed in terms of a breach of contract allegedly committed by the defending party.
Customer satisfaction is often a top priority for Oregon business owners. Without being in their customers' good graces, many companies may not hope to succeed. However, even successful companies can land in hot water when their customers believe that they have been duped. In fact, those customers could file lawsuits, but business litigation could get underway.
Have you found yourself at odds with a business partner or an employee? Business owners in Oregon may find that resolving internal company problems is not always easy. If not handled the right way, it could affect the bottom line of your business, your other employees and your personal financial situation. When dealing with problems within your company you may find that alternative dispute resolution methods or business litigation are necessary to settle the conflict.
An interesting legal issue was recently litigated in another state but the outcome will be likely be influential in the Oregon courts as well. The legal issue in the business litigation case is when can a company cancel an acquisition of another company when the other party's business sharply declines after entering the contract. The court was given the task of deciding whether the business of the firm had suffered a "material adverse change" after the deal was finalized.
Scams against funds held and processed by banking institutions are increasing, including in Oregon. In one such incident, a computer services company recently filed a multi-count business litigation lawsuit against a savings bank that is alleged to have failed in its duty to protect the company's cash deposits in the bank. It is alleged that the bank received an email from a purported employee of Precision Computer Services directing the bank to send $67,560 to a bank in another country.
Sports agreements between municipalities and private owners of minor league teams are fairly commonplace in Oregon and other states. Sometimes, the agreements don't work out as planned, and disputes arise. These are often over commitments by one or both parties to contribute promised financing or other resources as part of the contract. When the meaning of the contract becomes hopelessly tied up in conflicting accounts, the dispute may end up as a business litigation lawsuit.
Shareholder suits against a company are fairly common everywhere, including in Oregon. One recent business litigation dispute gaining some public attention was a charge by two Xerox Corp. shareholders that a proposed business transaction with Fujifilm would hurt all Xerox shareholders. It was alleged that the CEO of Xerox continued to negotiate the transaction after management officials told him not to proceed further. However, Xerox stated that the CEO was authorized to continue negotiating.
There could be an explosion of litigation approaching in Oregon and worldwide regarding devices that have internet connectivity. Such devices are called the "Internet of Things" (IOT) and they are able to connect to the internet and exchange information thereon. This includes all of the basic devices that one would think of, such as laptops, desktops, smartphones and tablets, but it also includes new entries. The newer connections for IOT devices include TVs, medical notification tools, medical data devices, home security systems, cars, and many others. As the volume increases, the chances for wrongdoing, along with expected increases in consumer and business litigation, will continue to grow.
Many smaller corporate entities in Oregon have problems similar to the controversy over the severance package to be given to the former CEO of CBS, Les Moonves. CBS has been embroiled in a controversy about sexual harassment at the company and concerning the participation of Moonves in such activities. The intent of the company to give Moonves a $100 million-plus severance package has ignited criticism and led to business litigation by shareholders against CBS.
The ramifications of private email use by public officials regarding governmental matters is a phenomenon that is generating litigation throughout the country, with the possibility for the same here in Oregon. Aside from the familiar political issues of improper email usage made by political parties against each other, consumer and public interest groups assert violations of access to public records laws caused by private email archiving. Consequently, a national web of business litigation cases may be an emerging trend.