January 2013 Archives

Oregon car dealership to pay $100K in debt collection dispute

An Oregon car dealership is considering whether to appeal a decision ordering to pay $100,000 the way it handled a debt collection case. The complex matter divided the civil appeals court that most recently heard the case; the court approved $100,000 in punitive damage with a 5-4 judgment, while the dissenting judges thought this was excessive and argued for a $25,000 award.

Oregon man sues government over no-fly list

A 56-year-old Oregon man was stranded in the Middle East for three weeks after the FBI placed his name on the no-fly list. The plaintiff, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was barred from boarding his flight back from Tunisia in 2012, eventually learning that he was placed on the no-fly list after visiting Libya to provide assistance to a Christian medical relief organization.
   
The civil litigation names officials with the U.S. State Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other government agencies, accusing them of violating his civil rights and denying him his rights of citizenship, assistance of legal counsel and due process. The plaintiff also contends that an FBI agent asked him to sign a form that would have waived "a number of his constitutional rights." He claims the FBI agent also violated his right against self-incrimination as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment.

Developer settles Oregon real estate appeal

A real estate developer will pay $260,000 to avoid further litigation in an appeals case filed by a former Oregon official who objected to a 230-unit apartment facility currently being constructed by the developer in downtown Eugene. The man's primary concern with the project was related to its impact on traffic for the city and 10-year tax exemption granted to the development by the Eugene City Council.

Tour bus crash kills 9 in Oregon

A bus full of tourists fell 200 feet after sliding off a highway during a tour of Oregon's Blue Mountain range, killing nine of its 48 passengers. Because many of the passengers, ranging in age from 7 to 74, were South Korean visitors to Oregon, police had difficulty identifying many of the victims. Some of the South Korean tourists spoke little English and were forced to leave their passports buried in snow at the crash site. Two officials from National Transportation Safety Board have been tasked with investigating the accident. It is unclear whether any of the victims or their families plan to bring civil litigation against the driver or his employer.

Oregon agency hopes to allow canola fields in Willamette Valley

After its initial plan to allow the farming of canola in the Willamette Valley was blocked by an appeals court, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has prepared a new proposal and hopes to move forward with widespread production of the valuable plant. It is unclear whether the new measure will effectively resolve the land use dispute.

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