May 2013 Archives

University of Oregon alumnus wins student loan appeal

In a move that could have repercussions for the thousands of Oregon residents suffering from severe student loan debt, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of an Oregon old man who was forced to declare bankruptcy due to student loans that he could not repay. The man's attorney said he was pleased with the result and noted that the appeals court's decision clarifies the way courts should determine whether bankruptcy filers qualify for relief due to undue financial hardship.

$5 million lawsuit over La Grande, Oregon drug raid

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the city of La Grande and Union County Oregon, as well as two police officers and one deputy from the same jurisdictions. The civil litigation suit seeks damages of over $5 million in connection with two drug raids on a La Grande home.

Oregon judge dismisses movie pirating lawsuit

Over 600 Oregon residents will not be forced to defend themselves in court over accusations of online copyright infringement after a federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed on behalf of Voltage Pictures, the company that owns the rights to the Steven Seagal film the defendants' were alleged to have illegally downloaded.

Jury rules against Oregon couple in landslide case

Oregon's Benton County was cleared of responsibility in a landslide that destroyed a couple's home. The couple pursued civil litigation against the county after their home was pushed off of its foundation and collapsed during a severe storm. The plaintiffs argued that the county-owned drainage system near the structure caused a substantial amount of rainwater to run into their property, contributing to the home's damage.

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