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Brownstone Homes Condo. Assn. v. Brownstone Forest Hts.
Date: November 19, 2015
Docket Number: S061273

Justia Opinion Summary: A condominium homeowners association sued a contractor for negligence. The contractor’s insurer refused to defend the contractor against the action, and the contractor and the homeowners association thereafter entered in...

Chapman v. Mayfield
Date: November 13, 2015
Docket Number: S062455

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs alleged that, after being served alcohol at defendant’s bar when he was visibly intoxicated, a patron, Mayfield, walked down the street to another business location and, without intending to do so, fired a gun...

Oregon v. Cuevas
Date: November 13, 2015
Docket Number: S062464

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted defendant of 10 counts of rape, sodomy, and sexual abuse. When a jury finds a defendant guilty of multiple offenses, a trial court must make two related but separate sentencing decisions. One decision in...

Hillenga v. Dept. of Rev.
Date: November 13, 2015
Docket Number: S062603

Justia Opinion Summary: For the 2006 tax year, taxpayers Mike and Sheri Hillenga claimed, among other things, a deduction based on a net operating loss carryover from their 2004 tax return. The Department of Revenue challenged the 2006 deductio...

Pearson v. Philip Morris, Inc.
Date: October 22, 2015
Docket Number: S061745

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs were two individuals who purchased Marlboro Light cigarettes in Oregon. Defendant Philip Morris was the company that manufactured, marketed, and sold Marlboro Lights. Plaintiffs brought this action under Orego...

Oregon ex rel Walraven v. Dept. of Corrections
Date: October 22, 2015
Docket Number: S062747

Justia Opinion Summary: Relator was 14 years old when he committed murder in 1998. Relator was waived into adult court and convicted of aggravated murder. The court sentenced relator to life imprisonment with a 30-year mandatory minimum period...

Brownstone Homes Condo. Assn. v. Brownstone Forest Hts.
Date: October 8, 2015
Docket Number: S061273

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Capitol Specialty Insurance Co. moved to dismiss this appeal on mootness grounds. According to Capitol, the issues to be decided in the appeal pertained to the terms of an agreement settling an underlying const...

Oregon v. Hickman
Date: October 8, 2015
Docket Number: S061896

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Dale and Shannon Hickman were convicted of second-degree manslaughter after they declined to seek medical treatment for their son David, who died about nine hours after he was born prematurely. Defendants are...

A&T Siding, Inc. v. Capitol Specialty Ins. Corp.
Date: October 8, 2015
Docket Number: S062330

Justia Opinion Summary: A certified question of Oregon law was certified to the Oregon Supreme Court from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The question arose out of a construction contract dispute in which a homeowner's...

Oregon State Hospital v. Butts
Date: October 8, 2015
Docket Number: S063003

Justia Opinion Summary: In January 2011, defendant was indicted on 21 felony counts, including nine counts of aggravated murder, for allegedly causing the death of Rainier Police Chief Ralph Painter. Shortly after defendant was indicted, his at...

Oregon v. Clemente-Perez
Date: September 17, 2015
Docket Number: S062407

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Fernando Clemente-Perez was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm. At the close of the state’s case, defendant moved for judgment of acquittal, arguing that the state had not presented sufficient eviden...

AT&T Corp. v. Dept. of Rev.
Date: September 11, 2015
Docket Number: S060150

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant AT&T (together with subsidiaries) appealed a Tax Court judgment that denied AT&T's claim for a refund of a portion of the Oregon corporate excise taxes it paid for tax years 1996 through 1999. The dispute cente...

City of Seattle v. Dept. of Rev.
Date: September 11, 2015
Docket Number: S061813

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellants were three municipal corporations located in Washington State: The City of Seattle, the City of Tacoma, and Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County (taxpayers). Each taxpayer owned an interest in ele...

Oregon v. Ashkins
Date: September 11, 2015
Docket Number: S062468

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted by jury on one count of sodomy, one count of rape, and one count of unlawful sexual penetration. On appeal of that conviction, he argued that the trial court erred in failing to give his requested...

Greenwood Products v. Greenwood Forest Products
Date: September 11, 2015
Docket Number: S062497

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants were in the business of processing and selling industrial wood products and maintained a large inventory at numerous distribution centers throughout the United States. In 2002, defendants and plaintiffs entere...

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