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Union Lumber Co. v. Miller  
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: S062459

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2002, defendant Ron Miller entered into an open account agreement with plaintiff Union Lumber Company for the purchase of building supply materials. In July 2010, plaintiff filed an action for breach of contract...

Oregon v. Pichardo  
Date: January 20, 2017
Docket Number: S063885

Justia Opinion Summary: An officer stopped defendant Victor Pichardo to investigate whether he was helping another person evade the police. During the stop, the officer asked defendant for consent to a search for drugs. The primary question pre...

Village at Main Street Phase II, LLC II v. Dept. of Rev.  
Date: December 30, 2016
Docket Number: S063163

Justia Opinion Summary: Four consolidated property tax appeals returned to the Oregon Supreme Court following remand to the Oregon Tax Court. In "Village I," the Supreme Court addressed whether the Tax Court had erred by denying defendant-inter...

Philibert v. Kluser  
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: S063738

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs are brothers, aged eight and twelve, were crossing a street in a crosswalk with the walk signal with their seven-year-old younger brother. Defendant negligently drove his pickup truck through the crosswalk, ru...

Eklof v. Steward  
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: S063870

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Karlyn Eklof was convicted for aggravated murder, for which she received a life sentence without the possibility of parole. He filed this successive action for postconviction relief to appeal the Court of Appe...

Nay v. Dept. of Human Services  
Date: December 15, 2016
Docket Number: S062978

Justia Opinion Summary: The Department of Human Services was required by law to recover Medicaid payments from those assets in which the Medicaid recipient had an interest at the time of death. In 2008, the department amended its administrative...

West Hills Development Co. v. Chartis Claims  
Date: December 8, 2016
Docket Number: S063823

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Oregon Supreme Courts review centered on a liability insurer’s duty to defend an insured against a civil action. "Ordinarily, courts decide whether an insurer had a duty to defend by...

Masood v. Safeco Ins. Co. of Oregon  
Date: December 8, 2016
Docket Number: S063921

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff purchased an insurance policy from defendant that provided coverage for his house, other structures on his property, personal property, and loss of use for up to 12 months. The policy also included “extended dw...

Jimerson v. Rosenblum  
Date: December 8, 2016
Docket Number: S064348

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners sought review of the Attorney General’s certified ballot title for Initiative Petition (IP) 1 (2018), contending that the “yes” and “no” result statements and the summary did not comply with the requirements...

Oregon v. Gerhardt  
Date: November 25, 2016
Docket Number: S063612

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Scott Gerhardt was convicted of strangling his wife. At sentencing, the trial court awarded the victim restitution for attorney fees that she incurred to enforce a no-contact order that the court had previously...

Handy v. Lane County  
Date: November 25, 2016
Docket Number: S063725

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed this action claiming, among other things, that a quorum of the Lane County commissioners had violated ORS 192.630(2) by engaging in a series of private communications to decide whether to comply with a pu...

Wels v. Hippe  
Date: November 17, 2016
Docket Number: S063486

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sought a prescriptive easement over an existing road that crossed defendants’ property. The dispute in this case was whether plaintiff satisfied the requirement to prove “adverse use.” The trial court found tha...

Oregon v. Jesse  
Date: November 17, 2016
Docket Number: S063856

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Lane Jesse was indicted in April 2011 on one count of first-degree sexual abuse, based on an allegation that he knowingly subjected his daughter M to sexual contact. The issue on appeal to the Oregon Supreme Co...

MT&M Gaming, Inc. v. City of Portland  
Date: November 3, 2016
Docket Number: S063648

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a Washington corporation and casino operator, brought an action in Oregon against the city of Portland under the Oregon Uniform Declaratory Judgment Act, seeking a declaration that certain practices the city h...

Moro v. Oregon  
Date: October 27, 2016
Docket Number: S061452

Justia Opinion Summary: In the underlying litigation to this appeal, claimants were petitioners or represented petitioners who challenged legislation passed in 2013 that changed the pension benefits paid to certain members of the Public Employe...

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