For a person who owns a business, making sure that property tax valuations are correct is a serious concern. If the valuation is too high, you might end up paying more than what you should have to pay. If it is too low, you won't pay enough. For Lowe's, a property tax valuation issue has been an ongoing fight with one county assessor's office since February of 2013, when the company filed an appeal with the Board of Property Tax Appeals.
The labor commission in Oregon previously determined that firefighters who are from Grants Pass needed to be given at least $100,000 -- initial reports indicate that the number is higher than $100,000, though the true total was not given -- for back pay. This stemmed from a 2011 inquiry by Local 3564.
In 2012, the Oregon Court of Appeals made a ruling in a civil case that gave the government some power to shut down the official grounds at the Capitol building over the night hours. This was important because protestors who were against things -- such as the current war -- would often camp out there during their protests. This ruling meant that they had to leave at least for the night, though they could return the following day.
The Portland City Council has been facing a lawsuit for the use of funds. Specifically, utility spending has been done in an improper fashion, according to the suit, and around $1.2 million was used for things like building restrooms or even financing political campaign projects. The suit has been going on for about two and a half years.
The right to free speech that is protected by the First Amendment is something that many people are willing to fight to preserve. Oregon State University recently agreed to pay out $101,000 to end a lawsuit over newspapers and distribution boxes the university trashed.
A business lives and dies by the number of satisfied customers who use their products and services. In pre-Internet days, if a patron loved or hated their shopping experience, they could offer their opinions to their friends, family and neighbors. However, now that online venues such as Yelp and Angie's List exist, a business' reputation can be seen by people from all over the world.
Oregon's health insurance exchange, operated through the Cover Oregon website, has had arguably one of the worst rollouts among state-run marketplaces in the country. Despite receiving millions of dollars in government funding and getting an earlier start than many other health insurance exchanges, the website has been a mess since its launch on Oct. 1. Even after three and a half months, not even one person has been able to enroll using the website.
A business has the right to decide what advertising it wants to run and does not want to run. However, public places do not always have the same luxury of deciding what can and cannot be advertised, as a recent Portland business just found out.
The Oregon Health and Science University Hospital could escape most of a court-ordered $12 million payment to a patient's family because of a state law that limits how much money judges can order publicly-funded entities to pay to plaintiffs who pursue civil litigation.
The Oregon Court of Appeals has rejected claims from the Friends of the Columbia Gorge that criticized the Columbia River Gorge Commission's plan to manage air quality in the region. The Friends argued the strategy does not include enough regional-specific regulation and fails to properly address many of the air-related problems directly around the Gorge, but the court disagreed with that assertion.