Category Archives: Dept. of Justice

Regulators extract $192 million student debt settlement from Aequitas

When federal education regulators recognized notorious for-profit Corinthian Colleges was a giant fraud, there was a rush to help students get their debt forgiven. But Phillip Pranalli and thousands of other former Corinthian students were profoundly unlucky. Their loans were purchased by Aequitas Capital of Lake Oswego, which has steadfastly refused to forgive a dime. […]
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Watch out for your eyes: How to tell if your total solar eclipse glasses are legit

Eye damage caused by viewing the solar eclipse — even briefly — through insufficiently protective glasses could last a lifetime. So experts urge people to take time now to inspect their eclipse glasses to make sure they are legitimate and effective. Start by checking on the glasses for the name of the company that made […]
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Lake Oswego lender to pay $192 million to defrauded former students

Aequitas Capital reached the settlement with several state attorneys general, including Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. Several state attorneys general have reached a $192 million settlement with an Oregon-based lender that financed $400 million in student loans for now-bankrupt Corinthian Colleges. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Lake Oswego lender to pay $192 million to defrauded […]
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New Crook County circuit court judge takes the reins

Daina Vitolins navigates criminal law, traffic tickets on first day. Even though she has more than 20 years of experience as a prosecutor, Central Oregon’s newest judge admitted she was nervous about how she was going to handle certain cases. Source: New Crook County circuit court judge takes the reins; Daina Vitolins navigates criminal law, […]
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State takes over Skeen case to avoid conflict

The Klamath County District Attorney’s Office has removed itself from prosecuting murder suspect Zane Sterling Skeen to prevent perceived conflicts of interest with DA and former defender Eve Costello. Skeen, 39, was briefly represented by Costello after he was brought up on charges in 2013 for the beating death of Larry Wayne Clark, 65. Senior […]
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Oregon Supreme Court Finds Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Violated Veteran’s Rights

State’s top court upholds earlier Labor Commissioner’s ruling that MCSO violated veterans’ preference law. The Oregon Supreme Court today upheld earlier decisions by the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Bureau of Labor and Industries that the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office violated the state’s veterans’ preference law. Source: Oregon Supreme Court Finds Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Violated […]
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OnTrack hit with $7.87 million lawsuit

A whistleblower lawsuit filed against OnTrack describes a verbally abusive work environment, including several instances in which former Executive Director Rita Sullivan allegedly lost her temper and hurled expletives at employees. Source: OnTrack hit with $7.87 million lawsuit

Oregon Justice Department shuts down Eugene organization for claiming it was a tax-exempt nonprofit when it wasn’t

The state Department of Justice has forced a Eugene organization to dissolve after finding that it misrepresented itself for years as having tax-exempt nonprofit status when it didn’t. The Environmental Center of Sustainability, run by Aleta Miller, a longtime Bethel community activist, agreed to a settle­ment in July that will see the group donate its […]
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Raising money for schools | Opinion

Initiative Petition 26, backed by the teachers’ union, proposed requiring that the state Legislature fund public education at a level consistent with the “Quality Education Model.”

Dennis Richardson tosses teachers union initiative for violating state constitution

A tax-related ballot initiative from the state teachers union was thrown out Tuesday after Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson ruled it unconstitutional. Source: Dennis Richardson tosses teachers union initiative for violating state constitution | OregonLive.com