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Oregon Supreme Court remands Starbucks wage and hour case

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 30, 2018

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of the state of Oregon has the remanded a case filed by Starbucks employees who sued the company for allegedly improperly calculating tax withholdings.

Oregon Attorney General ordered to rewrite ballot title on proposed bill to limit legislators' service

By Elizabeth Alt | Dec 6, 2017

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Oregon has sent a proposed bill back Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum for modification after a resident filed a ballot title change for Initiative Petition 19 (IP 19). The man claimed that the title did not accurately describe the immediate impact if the bill passed, most notably that the state would impose an eight-year service time limit for legislators the first time.

Oregon SC turns back challenge to safe harbor provision

By Zachary Lewis | Jul 5, 2017

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) – The Oregon Supreme Court has affirmed a decision against a motorist who challenged Oregon's safe harbor statute in an attempt to have insurance provider Progressive Classic Insurance Co. cover his attorney fees.

Trial court had no grounds to dismiss wrongful death lawsuit, Oregon Supreme Court rules

By Pam Wright | Jun 20, 2017

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) – The Oregon Supreme Court has reversed trial and appellate courts’ decision to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against Rogue Valley Medical Center and Dr. Alison Savage.

Ore. SC allows claim for loss of chance at recovery in med-mal case

By Dee Thompson | May 16, 2017

EUGENE, Ore. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Oregon ruled on May 11 that it would reverse a decision by a court of appeals in a medical malpractice case involving the “loss of chance” legal theory.

Oregon SC: PIP benefits do not include insured’s transportation costs

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 28, 2017

The state’s high court, hearing the case en banc, ruled 4-3 that plaintiff Stephanie M. Dowell was not entitled to reimbursement for the transportation costs she incurred to obtain medical care, as part of her personal injury protection, or PIP, medical benefits. PIP is an extension of car insurance that covers medical expenses and, in many cases, lost wages.

Linder, first woman elected to Oregon SC, announces her retirement

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 11, 2015

Justice says she will continue to hear cases in state courts as a senior judge.

Fla. decision could launch new attacks on damages caps around the country

By Amanda Robert | May 19, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Supreme Court justices in Florida may have given plaintiffs attorneys a reason to try to strike down legislatively imposed limits on non-economic damages in other states, a law professor and plaintiffs attorney agree.

Federal judge dismisses wrongful foreclosure complaint involving mortgage registry

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 6, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. (Legal Newsline) -- A federal judge ruled last month that an Oregon homeowner could not sue following a completed trustee sale of his property.

Oregon's Chief Justice seeks more funds

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jan 15, 2013

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) -- Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Balmer says he plans on asking lawmakers for funds to restore the state's court system.

Calif. SC upholds $13.8 million award against Philip Morris

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 6, 2011

Croskey SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - The California Supreme Court has declined to review a state appeals court's decision upholding a $13.8 million punitive damages award to a woman who died of lung cancer.

Ore. SC orders Philip Morris to pay state

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 5, 2011

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - Cigarette maker Philip Morris USA Inc. must pay the state of Oregon 60 percent of a $79.5 million punitive damages award, plus interest, in a 14-year-old case against the company.

Another opening on Oregon Supreme Court

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Nov 2, 2011

Durham SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - Oregon Supreme Court Justice Robert Durham says he will not run for reelection.

Ore. SC says AG's language on ballot not sufficient

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 19, 2011

Kroger SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - The Oregon Supreme Court has referred a ballot measure asking residents to vote on a petition that would phase out taxes on higher-valued estates back to state Attorney General John Kroger for modification.

Ore. high court says lower court wrong to exclude evidence

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 6, 2011

Walters SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - The Oregon Supreme Court said last month that a trial court erred in excluding evidence that a defendant charged in a fatal auto accident was intoxicated at the time.

Ore. SC affirms $9M ruling against insurance companies

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 18, 2011

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - The Oregon Supreme Court, in a ruling earlier this month, reaffirmed its opinion upholding a nearly $9 million verdict against a group of insurance companies.

Ore. SC upholds $8M judgment against insurers

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 3, 2011

SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) -- The Oregon Supreme Court has upheld an $8 million judgment in a class-action lawsuit against a group of insurance companies.

Ore. SC interprets insurance contracts in pollution case

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Nov 2, 2010

Kistler SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - The Oregon Supreme Court last month remanded a case involving insureds who were in the business of dismantling decommissioned ships on the Willamette River near Portland to the state's Court of Appeals.

Jury will decide the definition of 'roof' in Oregon case

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 22, 2010

Kistler PORTLAND, Ore. (Legal Newsline) - The Oregon Supreme Court has reversed the judgment of two lower courts in a case that questions the definition of a "roof" within the context of a homeowner's insurance policy.

Oregon SC: Medical marijuana users not entitled to workplace accommodations

By Chris Rizo | Apr 16, 2010

Oregon Supreme Court justices SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline)-Oregon employers are not required to make accommodations for legal medical marijuana users, the state Supreme Court ruled late this week, drawing praise from business groups.

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