Category Archives: Oregon Supreme Court

State Supreme Court overturns $500,000 cap on noneconomic damages

A man who lost his left leg after a garbage truck struck him in March 2015 in downtown Portland will get another chance to argue for an award of noneconomic damages exceeding $500,000. Oregon’s Supreme Court, in a decision announced Thursday, July 9, ruled that the $500,000 cap on such damages under state law violated […]
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Oregon Appeals Court upholds Portland’s renter relocation law, opponents plan to take case to state Supreme Court

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a Portland ordinance requiring landlords to pay tenants’ relocation fees if their rent is raised by at least 10% or if they’re evicted without cause. Source: Oregon Appeals Court upholds Portland’s renter relocation law, opponents plan to take case to state Supreme Court

No bar exam, no problem – except for the public | Opinion

A majority of the Oregon Supreme Court voted to lift the requirement that law school graduates pass the bar exam to be able to practice law in Oregon. But the move is an unnecessary response that ignores the value of licensing standards to the public, which looks to the state to ensure that attorneys meet […]
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Gov. Brown extends her pandemic emergency order another 60 days

As COVID-19 cases increase, she says Oregonians must follow precautions or face renewed shutdowns. Source: Gov. Brown extends her pandemic emergency order another 60 days

Oregon Supreme Court Agrees to Waive July Bar Exam for 2020 Oregon Law School Grads

In a narrowly split decision, the Oregon Supreme Court voted 4-3 today to waive the July bar exam for 2020 graduates of Oregon’s three law schools. The decision came in response to a request earlier this month by the deans of the University of Oregon, Lewis & Clark College and Willamette University law schools for […]
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Oregon’s Law Schools Ask Supreme Court to Waive Bar Exam Due to COVID-19. The Bar Is Not Pleased.

A tussle over whether newly minted law school graduates must pass the bar exam is dividing Oregon’s legal community. On June 15, the deans of the state’s three law schools—the University of Oregon, Lewis & Clark, and Willamette University—asked Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters to waive the July bar exam, which new graduates […]
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Supreme Court hears union challenge to 2019 public pension changes

Lawyers argue about diversion of future contributions to pay current retirees, salary cap in 2019 law. Whether lawmakers went too far last year in changing the public-pension system to reduce its future obligations is now in the hands of the Oregon Supreme Court. The seven justices heard arguments Tuesday, June 16, from public retirees and […]
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Oregon Supreme Court Considers Whether To Allow PERS Pension Cuts

Lawyers representing Oregon public employees went to the state Supreme Court Tuesday to argue the Legislature went too far in reducing their pension benefits. What they did not find was a justice who seemed clearly sympathetic to their arguments. Source: Oregon Supreme Court Considers Whether To Allow PERS Pension Cuts

Supreme Court upholds Oregon Gov. Brown’s stay-at-home orders during pandemic

Justices order a Baker County judge to remove the injunction, saying the law sets no time limit on emergencies. Gov. Kate Brown’s stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic will stay in place until either she or the Oregon Legislature ends the state of emergency she invoked. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Supreme Court upholds Oregon […]
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Oregon Supreme Court vacates Baker County judge’s ruling that found Gov. Brown’s emergency social gathering restrictions void during coronavirus pandemic

The state’s high court directed Baker County Judge Matthew B. Shirtcliff to throw out a preliminary injunction in a case that was brought by 10 churches and 21 other individuals. Source: Oregon Supreme Court vacates Baker County judge’s ruling that found Gov. Brown’s emergency social gathering restrictions void during coronavirus pandemic