It's not uncommon for an individual to hire outside providers to do household repairs, such as electrical work or plumbing. A Lebanon, Oregon woman claimed that she paid thousands of dollars to a local company and received nothing in return. Bringing civil litigation against a septic service provider, which operates throughout the mid-valley region, the woman claims that the company failed to follow through with services she paid for in advance. The lawsuit, which was filed in circuit court, also named the company's principal owner as a defendant.
National tobacco company Philip Morris USA Inc. eventually came around and paid the family of a Portland, Oregon man millions of dollars to settle a personal injury litigation that was filed after the man died from using the company's products. The overall award, including economic damages, interest and other costs, totaled $79.5 million.
A development company out of California claims it sank $1.7 million of its own money into planning, developing and consulting for a big renovation project at Centennial Mills, a set of undeveloped buildings in Portland, Oregon.