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Aug 31, 2018

The BOLI Complaint Process

ArrowRegardless of whether you are the employee or an employer involved in a Bureau of Labor and Industries (“BOLI”) complaint process, it can be unnerving. The best way to face your trepidation is to fully understand your rights, responsibilities, and the overall process. The following is a guide to the various parts of a BOLI complaint.

Step One: The Complaint

The employee usually contacts BOLI via the telephone and talks to an Intake Officer. If … Read more

Aug 29, 2018

Sovereign Immunity – A License for Abuse?

At what point is it no longer appropriate for government officials to hide behind sovereign immunity in order to get away with committing crimes?  Check out a recent abuse of power story involving Alabama sheriffs pocketing funds earmarked to feed inmates leaving inmates underfed and/or fed unfit food.

What is sovereign immunity?

“Sovereign immunity is a legal doctrine that protects a sovereign body (ie, the federal or state government and their respective agencies) from being … 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

Apr 13, 2018

Prohibition, Booze Cruises and “Preppers”

DID YOU KNOW?

During Prohibition, it was still absolutely legal to consume alcohol; it was only illegal to manufacture, sell or transport “intoxicating liquors” according to the 18th Amendment which was passed in January 1919. The amendment didn’t go into effect until January 1920 so early American “preppers” could stockpile their liquor(s) of choice. The entire debacle came to a close with the 21st Amendment on December 5, 1933 but not before some … Read more

Mar 23, 2018

Who is Really Benefiting from Tort Reform and Damage Caps?

If you take the media reports at face value, all attorneys are corrupt and only looking to make a quick buck by filing as many frivolous personal injury and medical malpractice lawsuits as possible and litigating them through trial to win exorbitant jury awards which causes everyone’s insurance costs to go up.  The solution currently in place for this “problem” is tort reform legislation, but who stands to benefit from the legislation and who will … Read more

Mar 9, 2018

Stating Your Age – You’re Probably Doing It Wrong

DID YOU KNOW?

According to federal regulations you actually turn the next year older the day before your actual birthday.  So those 20-year-olds among you technically get to legally drink alcohol one day earlier than you think, unless your state law specifically states “21st birthday”.  Party on, dudes!

© 3/8/2018 Heather M. Carr of Hunt & Associates, P.C.  All rights reserved.

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Feb 7, 2018

The Hefty Legal Background of US Presidents

Mt. RushmoreDID YOU KNOW?

Presidents’ Day is fast approaching and got us wondering: how many of the 45 US presidents were first lawyers?  More than half (25), which is a whopping 55.56%!  Check out this article if you’re interested in finding out which ones started out in the legal profession along with some little-known facts about each.

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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

Oct 11, 2017

Mass Shootings, the Second Amendment, and the Gun Control Debate

Lit candlesWe can expect the gun control debate to grow louder in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting on October 1, 2017.  Shooter Stephen Paddock killed at least 58 people and injured nearly 500 others in the recent massacre.  Proponents of stricter gun control will likely point to this shooting to plead for stricter regulation of our Second Amendment right to bear arms.  Their rationale is that someone intent on mass killing would be … Read more