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Oregon v. Andersen  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: S063169

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, two officers were waiting for defendant Bell Andersen's car to arrive at a parking lot to complete a drug sale. One officer was out of sight of the parking lot but listened as defendant’s passenger explaine...

Oregon v. Moore  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: S063946

Justia Opinion Summary: Relator Mark Moore, who was a defendant in the underlying criminal case, sought a writ of mandamus directing the trial court to dismiss the indictment against him with prejudice, based on former or double jeopardy under...

Barrier v. Beaman  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: S063974

Justia Opinion Summary: This case was an original mandamus proceeding, arising from a medical negligence action in which plaintiff-relator sought damages for physical injuries. Plaintiff filed suit seeking damages for physical injuries suffered...

In re Roller
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: S064359
Oregon v. Maciel-Figueroa  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: S063651

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether police officers violated the prohibition against unreasonable seizures in Article I, section 9, of the Oregon Constitution, when they responded to a report that a named man was threateni...

Barrett v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: S063914

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sustained injuries while working for Union Pacific Railroad Company “as a spiker machine operator near Minidoka, Idaho.” Union Pacific’s decision to reduce “the spiker machine’s customary three-[person] crew to...

Figueroa v. BNSF Railway Co.  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: S063929

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was working for BNSF Railway Company in Pasco, Washington, where she was repairing a locomotive engine. While she was reaching up to remove an engine part, the “portable stair supplied by [BNSF] rolled or kicke...

Oregon v. Nichols  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: S063985

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved the State’s appeal of a pretrial order suppressing evidence in a pending murder prosecution. The trial court determined that, near the beginning of a custodial interrogation, defendant equivocally invo...

Dowell v. Oregon Mutual Ins. Co.  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: S063079

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff had an Oregon auto insurance policy issued by defendant. In 2008, plaintiff was injured in a motor vehicle accident. Among other expenses, plaintiff incurred $430.67 in transportation costs to attend medical ap...

Oregon v. Morgan  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: S063831

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant’s boyfriend dropped off defendant and the couple’s child at a department store. Defendant entered the store and took clothing into a fitting room to try it on. Recognizing suspicious behavior, security officers...

Oil Re-Refining Co. v. Environmental Quality Comm.  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: S063590

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review centered on the standard of liability for violations of two provisions of the hazardous waste laws: 40 CFR section 263.20(a)(1), as adopted by OAR 340-100-0002...

Oregon v. Carlton  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: S063917

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Donovan Carlton was charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse for putting his hands down the pants of a 7-year-old girl ("A") in multiple incidents. One of the counts also charged defendant with to...

AFSCME Council 75 v. City of Lebanon  
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: S062750

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether the City of Lebanon (city) committed an unfair labor practice under Oregon’s Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act (PECBA) when one of its council members, Campbell, wrote a letter t...

Wels v. Hippe
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: S063486
Long v. Farmers Ins. Co.  
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: S063701

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, plaintiff discovered a leak under her kitchen sink, which had caused extensive damage to her home, and filed a claim with her insurer, Farmers Insurance Company of Oregon (Farmers). In early 2012, Farmers volunt...

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