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The train of events from the release of the Oregon Court of Appeals decision in Barkers Five, LLC v. Land Conservation and Development Commission to the resolution of that case in the Oregon legislature has been an interesting one to follow.
The Financial Fraud and Consumer Protection Section of the Oregon Attorney General’s office received over 47,580 consumer contacts in 2013. It was a normal year. Businesses first learn they are under scrutiny when enforcement officers from the Section ask businesses to respond to a consumer complaint.
Receiving a subpoena from a state Attorney General (AG) is often a daunting prospect, and rightly so: investigations can be lengthy and expensive, and AGs recently have been particularly successful in extracting substantial settlements with businesses. Given the high stakes and potential costs of an AG investigation, important strategies should be employed to ensure efficiency and limit exposure.
In lovely Washington, D.C., the birds are singing, the cherry blossoms have come into bud, and in another sure sign of spring, the Supreme Court is moving quickly towards the conclusion of this Term. Several cases have been decided and many more are pending.
Through our focus on the growth and nurturing of committees that allow our members to focus on areas that are of interest to them and through our continuing emphasis on diversity, evidenced by our deepening relationships with the bars of color within the profession, we will continue to be a growing and vibrant Section within the Association.