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Bagley v. Mt. Bachelor, Inc.
Date: December 17, 2014
Docket Number: S061821

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Oregon Supreme Court's review was whether an anticipatory release of a ski area operator’s liability for its own negligence in a ski pass agreement was enforceable. Plaintiff suffere...

Kennedy v. Wheeler
Date: December 11, 2014
Docket Number: S061836

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant drove through a stop sign and collided with a car in which plaintiff was a passenger. Plaintiff filed a negligence action, which was tried to a jury of twelve. The trial court instructed the jury that defendant...

Glasgow v. Dept. of Rev.
Date: November 20, 2014
Docket Number: S061958

Justia Opinion Summary: Taxpayer Erma Glasgow challenged the Tax Court’s jurisdiction, its conclusion that she was liable for personal income taxes based on wages that she earned in tax years 2007 through 2010, and its assessment of a penalty f...

Oregon v. Bailey
Date: November 6, 2014
Docket Number: S061647

Justia Opinion Summary: Police officers unlawfully detained defendant when he was a passenger in a car. During that detention, the officers ascertained defendant’s identity, ran a warrant check, and discovered defendant was the subject of an ou...

Oregon v. McAnulty
Date: October 30, 2014
Docket Number: S059476

Justia Opinion Summary: The State charged defendant with one count of aggravated murder for the starvation, neglect and abuse of her daughter, "Jeanette," and one count of tampering with physical evidence. She moved to suppress statements she m...

Miller v. City of Portland
Date: October 30, 2014
Docket Number: S061421

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs had been firefighters for the city of Portland when they suffered disabling injuries. The city's charger required it to provide disability benefits to its police and fire employees who suffer injuries in the c...

Comcast Corp. v. Dept. of Rev.
Date: October 2, 2014
Docket Number: S059764

Justia Opinion Summary: This case was a direct appeal of an Oregon Tax Court Regular Division decision to set aside an Opinion and Order issued by the Director of the Department of Revenue. The primary issue this case presented to the Supreme C...

Cortez v. Nacco Material Handling Group, Inc.
Date: October 2, 2014
Docket Number: S060604

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff worked for a lumber mill, Sun Studs, LLC. One evening while walking from one area of the mill to another, a forklift hit and severely injured him. After receiving workers' compensation benefits, plaintiff broug...

Doyle v. City of Medford
Date: October 2, 2014
Docket Number: S061463

Justia Opinion Summary: The issues this case presented for the Supreme Court were whether ORS 243.303(2) (which requires local governments to make available to retired employees, "insofar as and to the extent possible," the health care insuranc...

Gearhart v. PUC
Date: October 2, 2014
Docket Number: S061517

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was an order of the Public Utility Commission (PUC) that addressed Portland General Electric's (PGE) recovery of its capital investment in the Trojan nuclear generating facility after that facility...

Village at Main Street Phase II v. Dept. of Rev.
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: S061133

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated property tax appeals, taxpayers challenged the valuation of their real property by the Clackamas County Assessor. In their appeals to the Magistrate Division of the Tax Court, they challenged only the val...

Jenkins v. Board of Parole
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: S061812

Justia Opinion Summary: This case centered on the interpretation and application of two statutes, ORS 144.335(3) and ORS 144.135, to a final order of the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision that postponed petitioner’s release date from...

Oregon v. Musser
Date: August 28, 2014
Docket Number: S060868

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, a police officer on patrol encountered defendant at 10:00 p.m. in an area behind a shopping center where criminal activity frequently occurred. The officer stopped defendant and obtained her consent to sear...

Oregon v. Unger
Date: August 28, 2014
Docket Number: S060888

Justia Opinion Summary: The state charged defendant with manufacture of cocaine and endangering the welfare of a minor, among other things. Before trial, defendant moved to suppress physical evidence and statements obtained by detectives after...

Oregon v. Lorenzo
Date: August 28, 2014
Docket Number: S060969

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, defendant challenged the trial court’s denial of his motion to suppress evidence obtained during a voluntary consent search, which had followed an officer reaching into defendant’s apartment to knock on his...

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