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Nels Vulin is a member of Ball Janik LLP's Construction and Litigation practice groups. He represents residential and commercial owners in construction defect claims of all types. Mr. Vulin was selected to the Oregon Rising Stars list 2017-2018, published in Super Lawyers Magazine. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Mr. Vulin is a member of the Construction Law and Business law sections of the Oregon State Bar, as well as the Young Lawyers Section of the Multnomah Bar Association. He is an active member of the legal community, and regularly speaks and publishes on areas of the law related to his practice.

Outside of the office, Mr. Vulin is a dedicated member of the community and volunteers with several organizations, including the Classroom Law Project and Hands On Greater Portland.

Project owners and contractors often face challenges when defective building materials are used during construction. Bad building products can throw an entire construction project off kilter and, of course, can lead to litigation. Questions for the lawyer can abound. Is the contractor to blame for using the bad product? What if the project owner or architect selected the product? What about the manufacturer? Isn’t it responsible? While these questions are important, it’s often the details that can confuse even the most seasoned lawyer. Smaller issues, such as the applicable statute of limitation or repose, can become major headaches, particularly when the product is manufactured outside of the state where the lawsuit has been filed. Thankfully, the Oregon Supreme Court recently ruled on that exact issue, providing welcome guidance for lawyers, construction professionals, and project owners.

In June, the Oregon Supreme Court issued its opinion in Miller v. Ford Motor Co., 363 Or 105 (2018). In Miller, the Court held that when a product liability action is properly filed in Oregon, and the case involves a product manufactured in a state that has no statute of repose for an equivalent action, then the Oregon claim is also not subject to a statute of repose.

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On April 3, 2018, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law HB 4144, which eases licensing requirements for construction contractors, especially those in rural areas. Under the new Construction Contractors Board rules, an individual with at least eight years of experience in the construction industry may apply for a new residential contractor’s license without having