Category Archives: Dept. of Justice

13 Oregon lawmakers urge state not to appeal TriMet fare ruling

Thirteen state lawmakers on Wednesday said no appeal should be filed opposing a judge’s opinion that TriMet’s indiscriminate fare enforcement stops violate the state’s constitution. The legislators – all Democrats from Multnomah, Washington or Clackamas counties – sent a letter to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum saying they “strongly believe” Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge John Wittmayer’s […]
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AG prises new law for reducing racial disparities in drug convictions

Ellen Rosenblum says law ‘made significant inroads’ in felony convictions for minor amounts of drugs. A disparity in the rate of drug possession convictions in the state between blacks and whites has declined dramatically as a result of an anti-racial profiling law that took effect more than a year ago, according to a report released […]
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Legislative Counsel Says Steve Novick’s New Gig at Oregon Department of Justice Violates State Law. DOJ Disagrees.

Oregon DOJ and the legislative counsel disagree over whether Steve Novick’s new job at DOJ is legal. Source: Legislative Counsel Says Steve Novick’s New Gig at Oregon Department of Justice Violates State Law. DOJ Disagrees.

Oregon joins call to abandon plan overhauling Endangered Species Act

Ten states, including Oregon, are demanding the Trump administration abandon a proposed overhaul of the Endangered Species Act. In comments delivered Tuesday to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the states contend the changes sought by wildlife regulators would “wreak havoc” with one of the nation’s most successful environmental laws. Source: Oregon […]
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Editorial: Prosecution for hire

Let’s say you care deeply about the environment, have lots of money to spend and don’t think the Oregon Department of Justice has enough lawyers working on related litigation and policy. Would it be OK if you paid the state to hire more lawyers to work on your issues? It would be like government for […]
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Voter approval for tolls moves closer to the ballot

Sponsors of the ‘Tolls Need Voter Approval’ initiative may soon be able to gather signatures to land the proposal on the 2020 ballot. A voter initiative that would amend the state Constitution to require in certain circumstances voter approval to place tolls on existing freeways is moving closer toward the 2020 ballot. Source: Pamplin Media […]
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Oregon DOJ finds no evidence of price gouging during Salem water crisis

The Oregon Department of Justice found no evidence of price gouging during this year’s water crisis after it looked into allegations that some retailers were taking advantage of the situation by jacking up prices for bottled water. However, the DOJ warned two retailers. The agency sent letters to an ampm at 4433 Lancaster Drive NE […]
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Oregon AG Rosenblum accuses OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma of deceptive marketing in new lawsuit

Purdue Pharma targeted Oregon seniors in a deceptive marketing campaign for the opioid painkiller OxyContin and lied to the Oregon Board to Pharmacy to boost its profits, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum alleged in a lawsuit filed Thursday. Source: Oregon AG Rosenblum accuses OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma of deceptive marketing in new lawsuit – Portland Business […]
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Oregon DOJ says opioid manufacturer targets senior citizens, lied to sell drugs in state

Opioid powerhouse Purdue Pharma lied to the Oregon State Board of Pharmacy and targeted senior citizens, claims a lawsuit filed Thursday by the Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. Rosenblum’s office filed a notice June 27 in a first step toward suing the Oxycontin manufacturer over what the state says are 10 years of violations of a state […]
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State: Mandatory reporters don’t have to report consensual teen sex

Are mandatory reporters in Oregon required to report known or suspected sexual activity between teens? The long-awaited official answer is finally out — no. Source: State: Mandatory reporters don’t have to report consensual teen sex