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Oregon v. Lien  
Date: May 9, 2019
Docket Number: S064826

Justia Opinion Summary: Police officers discovered incriminating drug-related evidence in defendants Tracy Lien and Travis Wilverdin's garbage by having a sanitation company manager specially pick up defendants’ garbage bin on trash pick-up day...

LandWatch Lane County v. Lane County  
Date: April 25, 2019
Docket Number: S065917

Justia Opinion Summary: Kay King owned land zoned for exclusive farm use (EFU). She received county approval to replace three dwellings on the property that had been demolished in 1997. The issue this case presented for the Oregon Supreme Court...

Gadalean v. SAIF  
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: S065203

Justia Opinion Summary: Claimant Cozmin Gadalean, a commercial truck driver, was sent on a supervised delivery by and for employer as a pre-employment drive test. He was injured when he fell from employer’s truck. The Workers’ Compensation Boar...

Oregon v. Uroza-Zuniga  
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: S065368

Justia Opinion Summary: This case began with Petitioner Victor Uroza-Zuniga's arrest for public drinking, in violation of the Beaverton, Oregon City Code. That arrest led to a search, a charge of drug possession, a denied motion to suppress, a...

Oregon v. Sparks  
Date: April 18, 2019
Docket Number: S065728

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Patrick Sparks appealed the trial court’s imposition of three consecutive probation revocation sanctions, the Court of Appeals affirmed, and the Oregon Supreme Court allowed defendant’s petition for review. On...

Sloan v. Providence Health System-Oregon  
Date: April 4, 2019
Docket Number: S064748

Justia Opinion Summary: Acting as the personal representative of his father’s estate, plaintiff Dennis Sloan brought a medical negligence action against defendants Providence Health System-Oregon and Apogee Medical Group, P.C. Plaintiff claimed...

Chavez v. Oregon  
Date: April 4, 2019
Docket Number: S064968

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1999, petitioner Esteban Chavez pled guilty to delivering cocaine. In 2011, he petitioned for post-conviction relief, relying on Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 US 356 (2010), and arguing his trial attorney failed to advise...

Vasquez v. Double Press Mfg., Inc.  
Date: April 4, 2019
Docket Number: S065574

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Double Press Manufacturing, Inc. petitioned for review of a Court of Appeals decision affirming a trial court judgment against defendant that included an award of noneconomic damages to plaintiff Zeferino Vasqu...

Orgon v. Black  
Date: April 4, 2019
Docket Number: S065729

Justia Opinion Summary: A teenage boy, GP, who had been dating defendant Jonathan Black’s daughter, reported that defendant had had inappropriate sexual contact with him at defendant’s residence. That report triggered an investigation, and that...

State v. Sholedice/Smith
Date: March 28, 2019
Docket Number: S064787
Foote v. Oregon  
Date: March 28, 2019
Docket Number: S065883

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs in this case were Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote and two individuals, Mary Elledge and Deborah Mapes-Stice, who identified themselves as both crime victims and voters. Together, plaintiffs broug...

Oregon v. Vallin  
Date: March 28, 2019
Docket Number: S065957

Justia Opinion Summary: In previous proceedings before the Oregon Supreme Court, the Court agreed with defendant Santiago Vallin that the trial court had erred in imposing a sentence under ORS 137.717(1)(b) (2015). The Court concluded the 2017...

Schutz v. La Costita III, Inc.  
Date: March 14, 2019
Docket Number: S065638

Justia Opinion Summary: In the three months plaintiff Ashley Schutz worked for Defendant O’Brien Constructors and project manager Keely O’Brien, she had declined multiple invitations by Keely O’Brien to join him and other coworkers for drinks a...

Stop the Dump Coalition v. Yamhill County  
Date: February 28, 2019
Docket Number: S064894

Justia Opinion Summary: Intervenor-respondent Riverbend Landfill Co. sought to expand its solid waste landfill in Yamhill County, Oregon on land zoned for exclusive farm use (EFU). Respondent Yamhill County determined for a second time that, wi...

Perez-Rodriguez v. Oregon  
Date: February 28, 2019
Docket Number: S065022

Justia Opinion Summary: The Oregon Supreme Court allowed review of two cases this case, and Gutale v. Oregon, 395 P3d 942 (2017), requiring it to interpret the meaning and scope of the "escape clause" found in ORS 138.510(3). In both cases, pet...

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