April 2013 Archives

Former official's lawsuit targets Oregon Department of Corrections

A man who formerly headed a semi-independent body responsible for employing Oregon prison inmates is accusing the Oregon Department of Corrections of wrongful termination, discrimination and retaliation in a recently filed lawsuit. The former head of Oregon Corrections Enterprises claims a state DOC director fired him after he made complaints about the agency. He is seeking to collect $1.5 million in damages through the civil litigation.

Oregon residents sue insurance company over long-term care

Four Oregon residents are accusing an insurance firm of elderly abuse in a federal class-action lawsuit recently filed in a Portland U.S. District Court. The lawsuit accuses Bankers Life and Casualty Co. of wrongfully increased premiums without enhanced benefits. They are also accused of delaying insurance claims and making their long-term care clients jump through hurdles and massive red tape. The company has long been the target of complaints and civil litigation in Oregon and was recently found to have breached a long-term care insurance contract with a client, who has since passed away.

Lawsuit contests legality of Oregon's employee wellness program

A group of law enforcement officers are accusing the state of Oregon of violating their civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act by forcing them to enroll in a compulsory health and wellness program. The five plaintiffs filed a federal class action lawsuit in 2012, but the case was recently dropped down to a county court. Another state saw similar civil litigation in 2011, but a federal court ruled that the employee wellness plan in that case did not violate the ADA.

Court rules against environmentalists in Oregon cattle grazing issue

The 9th U.S. Circuit Appeals Court will not grant a requested injunction that would prohibit livestock owners from allowing their cattle to graze on a 500,000 acre stretch of public land in Oregon, rejecting an environmentalist group's claims that the practice is responsible for spreading disease to a type of bird that inhabits the area. The decision marks a victory for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the land, against the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) after multiple appeals. It is unclear whether the ONDA plans to continue pursuing civil litigation in order to prevent the grazing.

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