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Dowell v. Oregon Mutual Ins. Co.  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: S063079

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff had an Oregon auto insurance policy issued by defendant. In 2008, plaintiff was injured in a motor vehicle accident. Among other expenses, plaintiff incurred $430.67 in transportation costs to attend medical ap...

Oregon v. Morgan  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: S063831

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant’s boyfriend dropped off defendant and the couple’s child at a department store. Defendant entered the store and took clothing into a fitting room to try it on. Recognizing suspicious behavior, security officers...

Oil Re-Refining Co. v. Environmental Quality Comm.  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: S063590

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review centered on the standard of liability for violations of two provisions of the hazardous waste laws: 40 CFR section 263.20(a)(1), as adopted by OAR 340-100-0002...

Oregon v. Carlton  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: S063917

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Donovan Carlton was charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse for putting his hands down the pants of a 7-year-old girl ("A") in multiple incidents. One of the counts also charged defendant with to...

AFSCME Council 75 v. City of Lebanon  
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: S062750

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether the City of Lebanon (city) committed an unfair labor practice under Oregon’s Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act (PECBA) when one of its council members, Campbell, wrote a letter t...

Wels v. Hippe
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: S063486
Long v. Farmers Ins. Co.  
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: S063701

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2011, plaintiff discovered a leak under her kitchen sink, which had caused extensive damage to her home, and filed a claim with her insurer, Farmers Insurance Company of Oregon (Farmers). In early 2012, Farmers volunt...

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...

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