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Bad Faith Bill Fails to Pass Oregon Legislature

 Elizabeth Lampson A broad, proposed insurance bad faith statute failed to pass the Oregon 2016 legislative session. The Oregon legislature had a short 35-day session in February 2016, its off-year from a regular session.  Typically, sweeping new legislation is not introduced in an off-year session, due to the…

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The Reach of Washington’s Anti-Indemnity Statute

John Moore Washington’s workers’ compensation laws generally prohibit employees from suing their employers when they are injured on the job.  But workplace accidents can still lead to litigation for employers when indemnity agreements are in place. In the construction context, indemnity agreements are ubiquitous.  A subcontractor will often…

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A New Challenge to Oregon’s “Physical Impact Rule”

Jonathan Henderson Under Oregon law, a plaintiff may not recover for purely emotional or psychic injury in a claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress, absent a special relationship, unless that plaintiff also suffered a direct accompanying injury to his or her person.  This principle, which has become…

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At a Glance: Oregon Consumer Identity Theft Prevention Act

    Brandon Stuber Oregon has one of the most expansive identify theft prevention laws in the nation, and changes that went into effect this past January further broadened its application.  Codified at ORS 646A.600 et seq., the Oregon Consumer Identity Theft Prevention Act (“the Act”) requires both…

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