February 2013 Archives

Oregon judge throws out lawsuit over sea lion issue

The Humane Society's lawsuit over several states' plans to kill sea lions at the Bonneville Dam to protect several types of endangered fish will not continue after an Oregon U.S. District Court judge dismissed the claim with a 44-page opinion in support of the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS). 

Anti-whaling group files federal suit in Portland

A famed anti-whaling organization is suing Japanese whalers for allegedly ramming and heavily damaging one its boats as well as terrorizing its crews in other ways in 2010. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society filed a federal lawsuit against several parties in an Oregon court. The group seeks $3 million in damages with the civil litigation, a sum that would go toward replacing the boat it claims was irreparably damaged by the whalers.

Oregon settles discrimination case with transgender man

The state of Oregon will provide a man $36,000 after he sued the state and its Public Employees' Benefits Board when they denied him healthcare coverage. A doctor recommended a hysterectomy for the man, who was then undergoing operations aimed at changing his sex from female to male. Because the state does cover hysterectomies for women, the plaintiff argued that officials discriminated against him based on his gender. The state avoided what would have likely been a costly and lengthy civil dispute by settling the claim with the plaintiff.

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