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Towe v. Sacagawea, Inc.
Date: March 26, 2015
Docket Number: S059896

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, plaintiff was injured while riding his motorcycle on a private road that provided access to several pieces of property. On the upper part of the access road, a cable had been stretched across the road to prevent...

Powerex Corp. v. Dept. of Rev.
Date: March 26, 2015
Docket Number: S060859

Justia Opinion Summary: Powerex Corporation wholesales natural gas and electricity to purchasers throughout the western part of North America. The issue on appeal was how much of Powerex's income was taxable in Oregon. This case turned on wheth...

Oregon v. Williams
Date: March 18, 2015
Docket Number: S061769

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse for conduct involving a five-year-old child. The state offered evidence that defendant possessed two pairs of children’s underwear at the time that he co...

Eclectic Investment, LLC v. Patterson
Date: March 18, 2015
Docket Number: S062247

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sought damages for damage to its real property. As an affirmative defense, Jefferson County, one of the defendants in this case, alleged that plaintiff was negligent and was itself responsible for the damages t...

Oregon v. Dickerson
Date: March 12, 2015
Docket Number: S062108

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of second-degree criminal mischief after aiding and abetting his son to shoot two state-owned deer decoys that they believed to be deer. Oregon’s criminal mischief statute prohibits persons from i...

Oregon v. Nix
Date: March 5, 2015
Docket Number: S060875

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Arnold Nix was found guilty of 20 counts of second-degree misdemeanor animal neglect. The state asked the trial court to impose sentence on 20 separate convictions. Defendant objected, arguing that the violatio...

Oregon v. Mazzola
Date: March 5, 2015
Docket Number: S062126

Justia Opinion Summary: A police officer stopped defendant Dina Mazzola for two traffic violations. The officer observed signs of intoxication and developed probable cause to arrest defendant for driving under the influence of one or more contr...

Schoenheit v. Rosenblum
Date: March 5, 2015
Docket Number: S062785

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners sought review of the Attorney General’s certified ballot title for Initiative Petition 8 (2016), arguing that the ballot title did not satisfy the requirements of ORS 250.035(2). IP 8 would alter the authorit...

In re Ellis / Rosenbaum
Date: February 20, 2015
Docket Number: S061385

State v. Hickman
Date: February 5, 2015
Docket Number: S061409

Pereida-Alba v. Coursey
Date: January 15, 2015
Docket Number: S060846

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of first-degree robbery. After pursuing a direct appeal, he filed a petition for postconviction relief, alleging he received ineffective assistance of trial counsel. Among other things, petitione...

Oregon v. Sagdal
Date: January 15, 2015
Docket Number: S061846

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was found in what appeared to be an unconscious state, sitting in his stopped car with the engine running in the left turn lane of a public road. When police arrived, they conducted field sobriety tests, which...

OR-OSHA v. CBI Services, Inc.
Date: December 26, 2014
Docket Number: S061183

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case is what ORS 654.086(2) means when it says that an employer "could not with the exercise of reasonable diligence know" of a violation. Employer CBI Services, Inc. performed work on a water treatment...

Oregon v. Avila-Nava
Date: December 26, 2014
Docket Number: S061802

Justia Opinion Summary: This case presented the question of what standard applied to determine whether an unequivocal invocation of the right against self-incrimination was made and the particular question of whether, in the context in which th...

Epler v. Epler
Date: December 26, 2014
Docket Number: S061818

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Oregon Supreme Court's review centered on two issues: whether the legal presumption described in "Troxel v. Granville," (530 US 57 (2000) (plurality opinion)), that a fit parent acts...

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