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Etter v. Dept. of Rev.  
Date: July 21, 2016
Docket Number: S063061

Justia Opinion Summary: Washington resident Stuart Etter was an aircraft dispatcher for Horizon Air Industries, Inc. who worked almost entirely in Portland. To work as a dispatcher, however, he had to spend five hours each year riding along in...

Washington v. Nascimento  
Date: July 21, 2016
Docket Number: S063197

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Caryn Nascimento was convicted of theft and computer crime for using a computer terminal at work, which was linked to the Oregon State Lottery, to print and steal lottery tickets. She appealed the conviction fo...

Piazza v. Kellim  
Date: July 21, 2016
Docket Number: S063442

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, the personal representative of the estate of Martha Delgado, alleged in her complaint that Delgado, a foreign exchange student staying in this country under the supervision of defendants Rotary International a...

DIRECTV, Inc. v. Dept. of Rev.  
Date: July 14, 2016
Docket Number: S061294

Justia Opinion Summary: The Oregon Tax Court set aside a determination by the Department of Revenue (the department) that taxpayer DIRECTV’s property in Oregon was subject to central assessment under ORS 308.505 to 308.665. The department argue...

Eastern Oregon Mining Association v. Dept. of Env. Quality  
Date: July 14, 2016
Docket Number: S063549

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners were a group of miners who operated small suction dredges in Oregon waterways. They challenged the lawfulness of an order of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) adopting a general five-year permit t...

Kiryuta v. Country Preferred Ins. Co.  
Date: July 14, 2016
Docket Number: S063707

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was injured in an automobile accident and filed a claim for underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits with defendant Country Preferred Insurance. The insurer submitted a letter that satisfied the attorney fee safe h...

Oakmont, LLC v. Dept. of Rev.  
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Number: S062342

Justia Opinion Summary: Oakmont LLC owned an apartment complex built in 1996. Oakmont appealed the assessed value for the 2009-10 tax year for that complex on the ground that structural damages resulting from construction defects had substantia...

Dept. of Rev. v. River's Edge Investments, LLC  
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Number: S062829

Justia Opinion Summary: The taxpayer who owned the convention center in Bend also owned a hotel across the street. The convention center and the hotel were held in different property tax accounts. For the 2008-09 tax year, Taxpayer’s appraisal...

Oregon v. Islam  
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Number: S063202

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Rasool Islam Islam shoplifted 15 pairs of jeans from a Macy’s retail department store and was convicted of one count of theft in the second degree. The prosecutor sought restitution for Macy’s economic damages...

Oregon v. Schiller-Munneman  
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Number: S063526

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with first-degree rape of the victim, a friend who had spent the night on defendant’s couch after an evening of drinking. The victim contacted the police following the incident, and Detective Myers...

Oregon v. Newcomb  
Date: June 16, 2016
Docket Number: S062387

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Amanda Newcomb was convicted of second-degree animal neglect after she failed to adequately feed her dog, Juno, resulting in his malnourishment. Before trial, defendant moved to suppress blood test results show...

Oregon v. Althouse  
Date: June 16, 2016
Docket Number: S062909

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant William Althouse was convicted in 2011 of felony public indecency after previously having been convicted of three other felony sex crimes. Pursuant to ORS 137.719(1), the trial court sentenced him to life impri...

DCBS v. Muliro  
Date: June 16, 2016
Docket Number: S062922

Justia Opinion Summary: The question in this case was whether an injured worker had to provide actual notice of secondary employment in connection with a workers' compensation claims process or whether the employer’s preexisting knowledge of th...

Goodwin v. Kingsmen Plastering, Inc.  
Date: June 16, 2016
Docket Number: S062925

Justia Opinion Summary: This case required the Oregon Supreme Court's interpretation of ORS 12.135(1)(a). ORS 12.135(1)(a) provided that an action arising from the “construction, alteration or repair of any improvement to real property” must be...

Harkness v. Platten  
Date: June 16, 2016
Docket Number: S063222

Justia Opinion Summary: This appeal arose from a legal malpractice and negligent misrepresentation case where the trial court judgment granted a directed a verdict in favor of defendant Jack Platten. In an earlier lawsuit, defendant had represe...

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