Category Archives: State of Oregon

Our View: Don’t spend that forest billion yet

Officials in Lane County and a dozen other counties in Oregon might feel like Christmas came early this year, but they’d be wise not to spend anything just yet from a $1.1 billion jury award they’ve won in a lawsuit over timber harvesting. After an 18-day trial, jurors in Linn County took only a few […]
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Man armed with knife sends state office building into lockdown, police say

Portland police arrested a man Monday afternoon after he allegedly went into a state office building in North Portland, brandished knives and threatened people inside. Caleb Lee, 35, was issued a citation for the threats, and was charged with menacing and second-degree disorderly conduct. No one was injured in the incident, police say. Source: Man […]
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Commissioner says winning verdict in timber case is ‘great step forward’

After a monthlong trial, a Linn County jury ruled Wednesday that the state of Oregon breached its contract with 14 rural counties as it failed for years to maximize timber Source: Commissioner says winning verdict in timber case is ‘great step forward’

Oregon loses $1 billion timber lawsuit to rural counties

The state of Oregon breached its contract with 13 rural counties and 151 local taxing districts by failing to maximize timber harvests on state forests and resulting payments to those counties during the last two decades, a jury in Linn County found on Wednesday after nearly a month-long trial. Source: Oregon loses $1 billion timber […]
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The case could determine the future management of Oregon’s state forests

Oregon has mismanaged its state forests over the past two decades by failing to let timber companies cut enough trees, a Linn County jury decided Wednesday. The jury awarded $1 billion in past and future lost profits to 13 counties involved in a class-action lawsuit against the state, including Marion and Polk counties. Source: The case […]
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Oregon mismanaged state forests, owes counties $1 billion, a Linn County jury decided

After an 18-day trial, a Linn County jury has found that Oregon failed to let timber companies cut enough trees on state forests over the past two decades. The jury awarded $1 billion to 13 counties that brought the class-action lawsuit, which include Marion and Polk counties. Source: Oregon mismanaged state forests, owes counties $1 […]
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$1 billion timber verdict creates conundrum for Oregon government

The $1 billion award against the State of Oregon in a class action lawsuit over its forestry practices will likely be subject to lengthy appeals, but it may also put pressure on the government to consider settlement talks. On Nov. 20, a jury found Oregon’s government liable for breaching contracts with 14 counties and numerous […]
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Oregon to Launch Statewide Procurement Marketplace in 2020

Under a five-year contract with Periscope Holdings, the OregonBuys Marketplace will standardize procurement across all the state’s agencies, from RFP to payment, giving Oregon a better view into purchasing activity. The state of Oregon has contracted with Periscope Holdings, a developer of e-procurement systems based in Austin, Texas, to create a new statewide procurement platform, […]
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$1.4B breach of contract lawsuit starts Thursday

It’s been nearly four years since Linn County and 150 other counties and taxing districts filed a $1.4 billion breach-of-contract lawsuit against the state of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Forestry. But a recent hearing in Linn County Circuit Court demonstrated that time and numerous court conferences have not narrowed the divide between the […]
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US Supreme Court Takes Up Case That Could End Non-Unanimous Juries In Oregon

The U.S. Supreme Court kicks off its new term Monday with a case that has potentially sweeping implications for Oregon, and could end the state’s non-unanimous jury system. The court will hear arguments in Ramos v. Louisiana, which stems from a 2014 murder in New Orleans. Source: US Supreme Court Takes Up Case That Could […]
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