Hunt & Associates P.C.

Aug 9, 2018

How to Start a Business in Oregon

StartupIf you’re thinking of starting a business in Oregon but aren’t quite sure where to begin or what you will need to do to establish a business entity such as a corporation and to then prepare that entity for business, you should check out the video series on the Oregon Secretary of State’s website.

Accompanying the videos is an “Xpress Business Startup Toolkit” to help you better navigate the process.

Even if you’re already … Read more

Jun 14, 2018

Mutually Nonconsensual Sex and Title IX

As we all know, at the urging of the Department of Education and under the weight of Title IX, colleges and universities have taken on the role of sexual referees with the power to investigate and adjudicate the sexual interactions of students as their inquisitors deem best.  But what happens when both parties to a student sexual encounter deny that they consented to any intimate contact?

Two University of Cincinnati students got drunk and apparently … Read more

Jun 8, 2018

Even the Largest Rabbit May Not Be Worth Much Dead

RabbitHave you ever wondered how big is a really big rabbit?  Apparently, a really big rabbit is really big as an Iowa case now pending in federal court has brought to light.  In that case the plaintiffs are claiming damages for the death of Simon, a 10-month-old rabbit that had already grown to more than 3 feet in length.  The story of both the litigation and Simon are most recently linked here.

However, Simon … Read more

Apr 4, 2018

Using the Duty to Report Child Abuse as a Marketing Tool

In a creative if misguided use of the law requiring many occupations to report to the state’s child protective services whenever they have reasonable cause to believe child abuse has occurred, a Pennsylvania dental clinic is notifying parents of children it has treated that it will need to report them for child neglect if they do not bring their children back to the clinic for treatment.  In its letter to parents the clinic reminds them … Read more

Apr 3, 2018

A Court Holds Seattle’s First in Time Ordinance for Tenants to Be Unconstitutional

In 2016 Seattle adopted an ordinance known as the “First-in-Time” (“FIT”) law requiring landlords to accept the first prospective tenant who applied and met certain pre-established standards.  The announced purpose was to eradicate implicit or unconscious bias in the selection of tenants by depriving landlords of any discretion in their choice among qualified applicants.  The ordinance required each landlord to post written notice of all criteria used in qualifying applicants as tenants both in hard … Read more

Feb 28, 2018

The Whimsical Charm of Incompetent Crime

With school shootings, threats of missiles from Korea, law enforcement agencies claiming to be “above the law”, and no major sport to watch in February, it’s reassuring to know that the inept criminal, idiosyncratic in the object or method of crime or in his chosen means of escape can still offer a reprieve from the banal rhythms of daily life.

Take today’s news about a man whose meatballs were stolen, for instance.  He looked up … Read more

Feb 2, 2018

Is It Really Escape If You Always Planned on Coming Back?

Prison breakInmates in a federal prison were recently charged with escape when they were caught running back to their prison.

You’d think that someone who’d gone to the effort to escape from prison wouldn’t return as a matter of course.  Yet that’s exactly what inmates in a federal prison in Jefferson County, Texas  were regularly doing as reported here.

Inmates would dash out of the prison to pick up contraband from a passing car and … Read more

Jan 31, 2018

When a Court Struggles to Achieve the Obvious

GavelThere’s a socially cultivated sense of importance about our judicial system. There’s even an aura among some lawyers of reverence, if not sycophancy, toward appellate judges as though the work of appellate court judges is serious and intellectually demanding so that only the brightest minds can do the job.

It’s refreshing then to see an appellate court struggling with a question of great jurisprudential and social import: Whether a self-propelled lawn mower is a “motor … Read more

Jan 8, 2018

Can Oregon Survive Self-Service Gas

Gas PumpAs one of my daughters once perceptively noted, Oregon in general and Portland in particular act like middle children always waiving their arms and asking the world to “look at us”.  For some reason, much of the populace in Oregon thinks it is that interesting that others should take notice.

Oregon is somewhat unique in that it is one of only two states that do not allow people to pump their own gas.  That changed … Read more

Jul 25, 2017

Oregon Will Decide If You’re Smart Enough to Keep Your Kids

PhrenologyA recent story in the Oregonian tells how the state of Oregon has taken a married couple’s children because the state claims the couple isn’t smart enough to be parents.  In fact, the state took their younger child from the hospital before his mother was even able to see him.

As the story points out, both parents have held jobs and they maintain a household.  While neither parent looks like another Einstein, when has anyone … Read more