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Sep 18, 2017

A Brief Summary of Contract Law: Key Terms, Common Defenses and General Recommendations

ContractMany individuals and companies enter into contracts without fully understanding the terms.  Often, neither party has clarity on what the contract requires in terms of performance standards, remedies for breach and whether unwritten terms can supplement the written contract.

This post is intended to provide a quick guide to some key terms and issues that are relevant in the area of contract law.

What is a contract and how is it formed? 

In general, a … Read more

Feb 9, 2017

Mandated Exceptions to Confidentiality Provisions in Employee Agreements; The Government’s Campaign to Promote the Snitch

Confidential fileEmployers often insist that their employees sign written agreements promising not to disclose confidential information concerning their employer to anyone during and following their employment.  Of course such agreements frustrate governmental agencies which want to encourage employees to complain to them.

Thus, federal agencies are now invalidating and refusing to recognize employee confidentiality agreements which do not explicitly acknowledge and alert the employee of their right to file a charge or complaint against the employer … Read more

Oct 13, 2015

Our Very Own Charlie Ford to Speak at Local CLE

Charlie Ford is scheduled be a speaker at a CLE entitled “Drafting and Negotiating Business Contracts“. The CLE is scheduled to take place on Wednesday December 16, 2015 all day beginning at 9:00 AM at the Portland Airport Holiday Inn which is located at 8439 NE Columbia Boulevard in Portland, Oregon. He will be specifically discussing negotiation and re-negotiation strategies. Sign up for the class using the link above to check it out!… Read more

Sep 16, 2015

A Lesson in Contract Negotiations: Be Willing to Walk Away

A number of years ago, I represented a shipping company which was negotiating to build new ships in a Chinese shipyard. My client had done its due diligence and was satisfied that the shipyard in question could build the ships it wanted at an acceptable price and deliver them in a timely fashion. For its part, the Chinese shipyard was eager to land this contract, as it would represent an expansion of its business to … Read more

Oct 15, 2012

A Contract Should Say What is Meant

When a contract isn’t clearly written, bad things can happen to the party who wrote it.  At least that’s the cautionary lesson of a recent Oregon Court of Appeals decision: Dial Temporary Help Service, Inc. v. DLF International Seeds, Inc., 252 Or App 376 (2012).

In that case the plaintiff, Dial, wrote a contract for providing DLF with temporary workers.  The contract stated that the temporary workers Dial provided would not be authorized to … Read more