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Writings of Randal Acker

Burned by Starbucks?

  Burned by Starbucks? (No, we are not talking about the taste.) A woman in Florida was awarded $100,000 this week after her Venti Pike Place coffee spilled on her while visiting a Starbucks drive-thru. The case is reminiscent of the nearly $3 million award by a New Mexico jury against McDonald’s in 1992 for […]

Raising Rent or Evicting Tenants? Careful!

  Raising Rent or Evicting Tenants? Careful! Last month, the Oregon House passed legislation that would lift Oregon’s statewide ban on rent control and restrict landlords’ ability to evict tenants. House Bill 2004 provides that, after 6 months, landlords may only terminate a month-to-month tenancy for cause. Exceptions are allowed, but landlords must still provide […]

Update on Trump’s Travel Ban

  Update on Trump’s Travel Ban As forecast in the last Legal Bits (see Challenges to President Trump’s Travel Ban), President Trump’s executive order is being kicked around in the courts. What Happened Yesterday? Yesterday afternoon, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument on whether to uphold the suspension of the ban.  The ban […]

Governor Bullock

This last weekend, I traveled to Montana to join my buddy, Governor Steve Bullock, in celebrating his election to a second term as a Democrat.  This was a significant victory in a state where 55.6% voted for Trump as opposed to 35.4% for Clinton.  I have yet to meet anyone in Montana that does not […]

Challenges to President Trump’s Travel Ban

  Challenges to President Trump’s Travel Ban: What Is Being Banned and Is It Legal? Photo: Randal Acker’s view of riot police assembling in anticipation of protests at PDX airport Sunday evening (January 29, 2017). On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order that bars nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, […]

Portland Timbers as Champions of Major League Football…Soccer

As the Timbers hoist the top prize yesterday, the MLS Cup Trophy, Portland has cemented its position as Soccer City USA. Liam Ridgewell, Timber’s center back from England, calls the sport “football.” Why do us Americans use a different name? Actually, the British were the first to use the word “soccer.” An Oxford student, Charles […]

The End of Litigation

Apple’s announcement on Wednesday, of its latest version of gadgets, garnered the attention of the public.  However, a more significant technological advancement–at least in law–came today from the son of an attorney, Bill Gates. Microsoft has launched a new program that will essentially eliminate the need for litigation. No more juries, judges, or courtroom drama. […]

A+A to Provide Webinar Series for OEN

We are pleased to announce that the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) has selected Acker + Associates P.C. to provide a webinar series on legal issues affecting entrepreneurs and business owners. OEN is the largest entrepreneur assistance organization in the state of Oregon.  It is a non-profit entity that educates, supports, and advocates for our entrepreneurial […]

Please Meet Steve…

As the media gears up for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, I reflect on the inauguration attended earlier this week. A college buddy of mine was sworn in last week as the governor of Montana. Steve, AKA Governor Bullock, was elected as a Democrat by a margin of about 6,000 votes to join an overwhelmingly Republican […]

Driverless Car

This week, California joined Nevada and Florida in legalizing self-driving cars. No, this is not a new law that permits texting while driving. The law anticipates a fully automated car–a taxi without the taxi driver. For those of you who have been asleep at the wheel lately, hopefully not literally, Google has been developing and testing […]