Readers who have been following our blog have likely heard the terms trial and appeal in some of the posts. For readers who are browsing through posts and those who find themselves in facing circumstances similar to those they read, knowing how an appeal differs from a trial might make understanding what is going on a lot easier.
Protecting the interests of the environment is something that some conscionable citizens and government authorities take responsibility for. When these individuals take steps that corporations or other individuals don't particularly like, court battles can start. Civil cases and civil appeals for these environmental cases sometimes occur. One case regarding Ambre Energy seems like it might be heading toward an appeal.
The Oregon Court of Appeals might soon be hearing the case of a man who is facing a $75 fine for electioneering. The man who received the fine is the Albany City Manager, but he claims to have done nothing wrong.
Interpreting the law can be a complex project. A recent ruling by the Oregon Court of Appeals shows that interpretation of the law is often more complex than most people realize at first glance.
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.