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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Oregon on
Q: I got side swiped by a car while riding my bike. Hit and run. Can I sue if we find the person? And for how much?

His mirror broke off on my hip and threw me off my bike. He or she didnt stop. I went to the hospital but nothing was broken. Just severely bruised.

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Mar 1, 2021

First, make sure to file a claim with your PIP, assuming you have auto insurance yourself (or someone in your household does). That will pay for the hospital trip, plus any future care such as physical therapy if you need it.

Then, assuming you have auto coverage yourself, you should also...
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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Insurance Bad Faith for Oregon on
Q: Can an insurer require you to be evaluated by their doctor when treatment is partway done?

Last summer I was rear ended while stopped by a big truck with a solid steel bumper while I was in my 2003 Hyundai. Over the next few months I developed back pain and stiffness, along with sciatica. I started seeing a chiropractor after filing a claim with my insurer (who told me this was... Read more »

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Jan 28, 2021

Yes, they can require this. If you review your policy I can guarantee you there is a clause that says you have to cooperate with your carrier, and that you must submit to what we call an IME. If they make you start going to a lot of them, then you might consider talking to an attorney to see at... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Oregon on
Q: Driver 1 speeding no license or insurance and driver 2 pulls out in front of him who is at fault?

Driver 2 thought he had enough time to get out to the center lane (what he told the officer) but driver 1 (motorcycle) let go of the motorcycle realizing he was not going to have enough time to stop and the bike hit the driver 2 dodge ram truck and caused damage and driver 1 was injured from road... Read more »

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Jan 17, 2021

Whether a driver has insurance or a license doesn't matter as to fault. If you can prove he was speeding you would likely get some comparative fault on the motorcyclist.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Oregon on
Q: Is YouTube Audio License music free to use everywhere - or just YouTube?

I have a question about copyright law. Youtube Audio Library has multiple songs under their "YouTube Audio Library License" . The license details read,

"You’re free to use this audio track in any of your videos, including videos that you monetize. No attribution is... Read more »

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Nov 19, 2020

One would need to review the entire contract to be able to provide a proper opinion. Odds are, the music is likely only for use on YouTube.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: If you are offered a lesser position with lower pay & don't take it & are fired can you still get unemployment?

My boyfriend works for a cannabis farm & received a notice that they had lost faith in his ability to do his job after taking sick time for illness/COVID testing. They are offering a lesser position with a $11000 a year pay cut or he can leave/be fired.

If he chooses not to take the... Read more »

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Oct 31, 2020

Potentially. The pay cut might be enough to provide good cause for quitting. See this for more details: https://www.osbar.org/public/legalinfo/1099_UnemploymentComp.htm

But it is always risky to quit.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: Gave notice of tort to the state of Oregon And now I want to move forward to a civil lawsuit -

Employment discrimination

Next steps - I’m going to file myself

What is the max amount of damages can you recover

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Oct 23, 2020

File a lawsuit prior to the statute of limitations running, which is shorter due to the the tort claim aspect. If you did not go through the BOLI or EEOC process, you might consider that, and you might consider talking with an attorney as well about your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Oregon on
Q: How do i go about on seeing if i have a good case or not?
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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Oct 16, 2020

Use the find a lawyer link above to search for an attorney in your area, then contact them. Many do a free initial consultation to see if you have a case.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Oregon on
Q: What do i do to get a free lawyer to help me?
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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Oct 16, 2020

Have a good case where the attorney can make money from the other side.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: I am warehouse manager at a grocery store chain in Central Oregon. I worked there for a bit under a year.

A new husband/wife management team is coming in as store managers because the current store manager is retiring. Here's the deal, they've informed us that they are requiring all employees to fill out a new application for their CURRENT job positions. They want everyone on a 90 day... Read more »

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Oct 6, 2020

If these are new owners and a new company, then you already technically lost your job. And, that is likely what happened here. If you refuse, that is insubordination, which could lead to termination, and one that would likely disqualify you from unemployment.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: Quit for good cause, Discrimination and harassments. Able to receive UI?

Been employed as a hourly supervisor for just over 4 years at a local branch of a nationwide manufacturing company. My initial application was for a different position that I was turned down for. Did get hired in a entry level position, quickly advanced to supervisor. Continued to try and advance... Read more »

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Oct 6, 2020

In order to get UI benefits after quitting a job, you have to show good cause, which is a really high bar. See that section in this article: https://www.osbar.org/public/legalinfo/1099_UnemploymentComp.htm

Based on your description above, I doubt you would be eligible. Basically it has to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: Can i legally be terminated from my job for being called out to fight wildfires during this conflagration here in oregon

I'm a wildland firefighter through a private Company and as of lately odf and uses has needing us to help out and I'm afraid I might lose my year around job over it

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Sep 20, 2020

You may have protections: https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/476.576

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: Hi, I had to quit my job due to my boss yelling at me then physically trying to attack me.

Lucky a coworker held her back as I left through the back door. Now the company is not paying me out for vacation days i earned in the past year. My boss also didn't tell her supervisor about her trying to attack me so they are taking my quitting without 2 weeks notice as the reason for not... Read more »

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Sep 14, 2020

Denial of your unemployment is up to the state, and given the facts above you should or should have appealed any denial.

As to the payout, they may or may not be required to pay you out on your vacation time. However, if you file a complaint with BOLI over the unsafe workplace, your former...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: My manager sent me a "Performance Improvement Plan" letter demanding a signed response by EOD. Must I respond?

Hello, I am working in a hostile work environment and on top of that - I have been given a "Performance Improvement Plan" which is actually a letter listing all "shortcomings" of my performance in my work. There are inaccuracies in this. I feel confident that I am being forced... Read more »

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Aug 25, 2020

They cannot force you to sign, but refusing to sign can be insubordination, which could get you fired for cause and potentially make you ineligible for unemployment.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for Oregon on
Q: Can talking about drag queens be considered sexual harassment in Oregon

Talking about drag queen from the tv show rupauls drag race and who we like and don’t like and how could it be considered sexual harassment.

Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Aug 25, 2020

Depending on the context and content, yes it could.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: Help understanding oregon labor laws for exempt

I was wondering if you can please clear up some really confusing things i am reading about oregon labor laws for exempt employees.

I am required to work over 40 hours as a teller supervisor in a call center in oregon. They say im a exempt salaried employee so i don't get overtime, but... Read more »

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Jul 20, 2020

Generally speaking they cannot, but there are exceptions. See BOLI's technical FAQs for some general info: https://www.oregon.gov/boli/employers/Pages/salaried-exempt-employees.aspx

They cite to CFRs and OARs which can provide the actual rules.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: oregon labor law exempt employees

Good morning, I was wondering if you can please help me understand some really confusing things i am reading about oregon labor laws for exempt employees.

At my current employer I am required to work over 40 hours as a teller supervisor in a call center in oregon. They say im a exempt... Read more »

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Jul 20, 2020

Generally speaking they cannot, but there are exceptions. See BOLI's technical FAQs for some general info: https://www.oregon.gov/boli/employers/Pages/salaried-exempt-employees.aspx

They cite to CFRs and OARs which can provide the actual rules.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: I signed a contract for a school for the upcoming year and want to know if I can back out without any legal consequence

Contract says: It is hereby agreed between the Board of Education of School District #10 and the undersigned licensed staff member that the licensed staff member will teach in the schools of the district for the 2020-2021 school year. It is further understood and agreed that this contract is... Read more »

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Jul 14, 2020

I doubt that is the entire contract, as those contracts usually gone on for several pages, and no attorney can give you an answer without reviewing the entire contract.

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Oregon on
Q: Can I trademark Floyd D Duck? I think the trademark has lapsed
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Jul 8, 2020

Looks like the company is still using the mark, so likely not: https://www.hersheys.com/en_us/our-brands/bubble-yum.html

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: Probation periods and how do they work?

Recently my husband was fired from his work place because he got into an accident on company time with a company vehicle. When he tried to file a claim for unjust termination, the work place told him he couldn't do it because he has no union behind him because he wasn't past the probation... Read more »

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on Jun 30, 2020

I would suggest contacting a law firm that handles union cases (labor law), such as McKanna Bishop Joffe, as they handle those types of cases. The probation period and rules associated with it should be in the collective bargaining agreement, which the union would have a copy of.

3 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Oregon on
Q: How do I get copyright of my photos?

I have a store on eBay and noticed that other sellers are using them without my permission and now I found a company using my photos .. its frustrating because I took the time, patience, and dedication to take each photo and for someone to just use them is not fair, I've tried contacting the... Read more »

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens answered on May 26, 2020

I'll add that the registration process is all online these days, and something like $30 per registration. But, the process takes a fair amount of time after you submit the registration before it is officially registered. As in, it is not instantaneous.

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