September 2014 Archives

Oregon and Oracle sue each other for breach of contract

The state of Oregon is suing software company Oracle after it claims that the company breached contracts and engaged in racketeering. Court documents show that the suit was filed in August in Marion County Circuit Court. Meanwhile, Oracle has sued the state of Oregon in federal court for breach of contract. The dispute arises from work done on Oregon's health care exchange website.

Federal government sued over rail car oil spill risk

Oregon residents may have heard that the U.S. Department of Transportation is being sued by the environmental groups ForestEthics and the Sierra Club. The environmental litigation, filed on Sept. 11, follows a legal petition that the groups delivered in July 2014. According to the petition, the groups demanded that the U.S. DOT prohibit older railroad tank cars, called DOT-111s, from transporting crude oil. They claim that these older railroad cars pose a significant environmental hazard because they are vulnerable to ruptures or punctures in an accident.

How a federal court's decision can be appealed

Oregon residents might be interested to learn about the process of appealing a federal court's decision. If a party believes a federal court ruled in error, the case is almost always eligible to receive a second look during an appeal. Although an appeal and a trial are similar in some ways, there are key differences that are important to understand.

Judge rules that oil spill is mostly BP's responsibility

Oregon residents may remember the 87-day oil spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. According to recent reports, a federal judge made a ruling on Sept. 4 that may expose BP to significant penalties in connection with the offshore oil disaster. Although the company has made agreements to pay significant criminal fines and to compensate both individuals and businesses affected by the 2010 incident, the federal ruling could multiply the amount owed by four times.

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