Category Archives: Dept. of Justice

Troubled Lost Valley Farm dairy owner faces criminal contempt charge

Oregon state regulators say Lost Valley Farm must be shut down this summer to prevent an environmental disaster. Source: Troubled Lost Valley Farm dairy owner faces criminal contempt charge

State will handle investigation into Madras Aquatic Center director

Madras Police sergeant participated in firing decision. The Oregon Department of Justice will handle a criminal investigation into possible wrongdoing by the former executive director of the Madras Aquatic Center Recreation District. Source: State will handle investigation into Madras Aquatic Center director; Madras Police sergeant participated in firing decision

Voters could see up to four initiatives on ballot

Grocery taxes, publicly funded abortion, tax enactment restrictions and ending the state’s sanctuary law are all in the queue for the November ballot. Of the 45 initiatives proposed for the Nov. 6 general election, only four remain in play. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Voters could see up to four initiatives on ballot

Editorial: End no-poaching employment practice

Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon’s attorney general, has joined her counterparts in nine other states and the District of Columbia in their effort to investigate the hiring practices of fast-food franchises. The AGs are looking into no-poaching agreements that generally prevent one Burger King, for example, from hiring workers at another Burger King. That kind of agreement, […]
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States launch investigation targeting fast-food hiring practices

Attorneys general in 10 states and the District of Columbia are launching an investigation of contracts at fast-food chains that prevent their workers from switching franchises, targeting a practice some economists say drags down wages for millions of Americans. The group will send letters to eight fast-food companies — including Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, Panera […]
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AG investigating tax vote initiative’s signature gathering

The Oregon attorney general’s office has opened a criminal investigation into signature gathering practices for an initiative that would impose stricter voting requirements on lawmakers who want to raise taxes. The investigation is unlikely to interfere with that measure going before voters in November, however, according to the state elections division. Known as Initiative Petition […]
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Oregon DOJ Still Fumbling Use-of-Force Reporting

An Oregon Department of Justice webpage meant to document law enforcement use-of-force incidents around the state contains significant factual errors — and a spokesperson for the department told The Skanner that the department has no responsibility to keep accurate information on its database. Source: The Skanner News – Oregon DOJ Still Fumbling Use-of-Force Reporting

Jail inventory policy found unconstitutional

06 Meth possession case dropped as a result. A recent ruling by the Oregon State Court of Appeals found the inventory policy at Grant County Jail to be unconstitutional in the case of a John Day man found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Source: Jail inventory policy found unconstitutional – Local News –

Editorial: Deadlines shoot down gun proposals

It looks as if neither of the two controversial gun-control measures being floated in Oregon will qualify for the November ballot, but that doesn’t mean that the ideas behind them will be going away. A Wednesday ruling by the Oregon Supreme Court almost certainly will make it impossible for the proponents behind Initiative Petition 43 […]
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Oregon Department of Justice moves toward suing opioid manufacturer Purdue again

Oregon is prepared to sue the maker of OxyContin a second time, over what the attorney general’s office says are 10 years of violations to a state settlement. Source: Oregon Department of Justice moves toward suing opioid manufacturer Purdue again