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Oregon v. King  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: S063810

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Trevin King pled guilty to second-degree assault, and no contest to first-degree robbery in accordance with an oral plea agreement reached with the state. Six months later, the victim died because of his injuri...

Oregon v. Winn  
Date: June 29, 2017
Docket Number: S064263

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue presented for the Oregon Supreme Court's review in this matter centered on a trial court’s determination that defendant’s consent to a courthouse security officer’s generalized request to search her purse by ha...

Oregon v. Ryan  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: S063857

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, who was intellectually disabled, made an as-applied challenge to his 75-month mandatory minimum prison sentence for first-degree sexual abuse, on the ground that it violates Article I, section 16, of the Orego...

Febuary v. Oregon  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: S063867

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant argued his due process rights were violated when the trial judge initially imposed a sentence of 60 months’ probation on a misdemeanor conviction and on remand imposed a sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment for...

Spearman v. Progressive Classic Ins. Co.  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: S063995

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff purchased an automobile insurance policy from Progressive. The policy included UM coverage with a limit of $25,000. Plaintiff was injured in an automobile accident with an uninsured motorist. Plaintiff filed a...

Oregon v. Keller  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: S064353

Justia Opinion Summary: A Washington State Trooper had probable cause to believe that defendant was violating Washington traffic laws and initiated a stop in Washington; however, the trooper did not complete the stop until both he and defendant...

Oregon v. Blair  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: S064262

Justia Opinion Summary: Did defendant intend to consent to the search of closed containers inside his backpack? The Oregon Supreme Court found it was unclear whether the trial court so understood the inquiry before it, and, the Supreme Court co...

Twist Architecture v. Board of Architect Examiners  
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: S064048

Justia Opinion Summary: Out-of-state architects engaged in the illegal practice of architecture by holding themselves out as being licensed in Oregon. The Oregon Board of Architect Examiners (board) petitioned for certiorari review of the Court...

Lang v. Rogue Valley Medical Center  
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: S064053

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to ORCP 54 B(1), the trial court dismissed plaintiff’s wrongful death action because it found that plaintiff’s counsel willfully failed to comply with two court orders and that, as a result, dismissal was an app...

State v. Allen ADVANCE SHEETS 2017 # 12SUPREME COURT 05/11/17
Date: June 2, 2017
Docket Number: S064503
Smith v. Providence Health & Services  
Date: May 11, 2017
Docket Number: S063358

Justia Opinion Summary: The question presented was whether Oregon law permitted a plaintiff, who suffered an adverse medical outcome resulting in physical harm, to state a common-law medical negligence claim by alleging that the defendant negli...

Boardman Acquisition LLC v. Dept. of Rev.  
Date: May 11, 2017
Docket Number: S063682

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved ad valorem property taxes: the land at issue had been exempted from some property taxes because it was specially assessed as nonexclusive farm use zone farmland. When that special assessment ends, the...

Oregon v. Rafeh  
Date: May 4, 2017
Docket Number: S064084

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) of the Department of Transportation suspended defendant Dorothy Rafeh’s driver’s license for three years for refusing to submit voluntarily to a blood alcohol...

Oregon v. Hightower  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: S063924

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue in this case was the scope of a criminal defendant’s right to self-representation when that right is invoked in the middle of trial. In this case, the trial court concluded that defendant had no right to seek s...

Daniel N. Gordon, PC v. Rosenblum  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: S063978

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue presented for the Supreme Court’s review was whether provisions of Oregon’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act (UTPA) that prohibited using “unconscionable tactic[s]” to collect certain debts, and causing likely “con...

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