Are Changes Coming to Oregon’s Data Breach Law?

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is urging the Oregon legislature to update Oregon’s data breach law:

“Data breach and the distribution of personal information is a growing risk for Oregonians. Nationally, data breaches in 2013 exposed an estimated 546 million piece of personal information. The Oregon Identity Theft Prevention Act of 2007 requires businesses and governmental agencies to notify consumers of digital data breaches and develop safeguards for personal information but provides no protection for medical, insurance or biometric information. By extending enforcement power to the Oregon Department of Justice, Oregon will be able to use the effective enforcement tools of the already-existing Unlawful Trade Practices Act .” Read more here.

Track the status of legislative action on this issue and in other areas that affect your practice by using the Oregon State Bar 2015 Regular Session Bill Tracking tool.

The 2015 Oregon State Bar Law Improvement Proposals are found here. The 2015 Oregon State Bar Legislative Priorities include improvements to court funding in general, eCourt funding in particular, and legal services to the poor. Read more here.

Legislation Alerts Issue of In Brief Now Online

The January issue of In Brief is now available on the PLF Web site.

imagesFrom the Editor:  This special issue focuses on some of the significant changes made by the 2013 Oregon Legislature.  Bills are listed by area of law.  Some bills pertain to more than one practice area, so practitioners are encouraged to look through all the sections.

The new legislation takes effect January 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted.  In addition the PLF published “2013 Oregon Legislative Session – ‘Emergency Legislation'” in the September issue of In Brief, focusing on some of the bills that became effective last year.  Those bills are NOT reprinted in this issue, so practitioners are encouraged to consult that document as well.

The following practice areas are covered in this special issue:

Administrative Law
Business Law
Civil Procedure and Litigation
Construction Law
Consumer and Debtor-Creditor Law
Criminal Law
Domestic Relations and Juvenile Law
Estate Administration, Elder Law, and Trust Law
Financial Institutions Law
Health Law
Labor and Employment Law
Land Use
Military and Veterans Law
Real Property
Taxation Law


2013 Legislative Proposals from the Oregon State Bar

Sixteen proposals from various Oregon State Bar groups are up for consideration by the 2013 Oregon Legislature.  Here is a recap:

1. LC 450Custodianship of Law Practice; Electronic Bar Notices

2. LC 466Unlawful Practice of Law 

3. LC 462Notice of SCRA in Administrative Hearings

4. LC 461Increase Judicial Discretion in Sentencing Certain Veterans

5. LC 2764Interest from Escrow Accounts

6. LC 448Fastcase Pilot Project

7. LC 449Community Caretaking Functions

8. LC 452Remote-only Shareholder Meetings

9. LC 451Equity Awards to Employees

10. LC 454Amended Notices of Sale

11. LC 455Qualifications to Serve as Trustee

12. LC 456Protective Proceedings

13. LC 457Digital Assets

14. LC 459Housekeeping (ORS Ch 107 and 109) (Family Law Section)

15. LC 460Life Insurance (Family Law Section)

16. LC 465Technical Correction to Uniform Criminal Jury Instructions

Among the proposed changes, LC 2764, requiring that escrow trust accounts held by title companies be set up similarly to lawyers’ IOLTA accounts, with interest going partially to funding legal services.

The Year in Review – Useful Tips You May Have Missed

Thank you readers!  I hope this has been a fruitful year for you.  Just in case you missed a tip or two, here is a list of 2012 blog posts for your perusal:













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