Oregon News

Oregon City Threatens to Fine Uber

The city of Eugene, Ore. has ordered the Uber ridesharing company to cease operations or be fined. The Register-Guard reported Uber has refused to apply for a taxi license since its drivers began operating in Eugene last summer. The city …

Uber Drivers Pass by Oregon City’s Taxi Regulations

Salem, Ore. urban planning administrator Glen Gross says Uber continues to operate outside taxi regulations, despite a warning letter from the city and negotiations with the ridesharing company. Gross says it will be up to the city council to decide …

Oregon Judge Tosses Pimp’s Sneaker Warning Suit

An Oregon judge needed less than a half hour to dismiss a $100 million lawsuit filed by an imprisoned pimp who contended Nike should have included a consumer warning on the sneakers the man used to beat a prostitute’s customer. …

Oregon Commish Says ‘Sharing Economy’ Creates Insurance Challenges

Typical insurance policies won’t cover people participating in the “sharing economy” by renting out their home or using their car for a driving service, Oregon’s insurance commissioner is warning. The state’s insurance regulator had previously stayed quiet about the ways …

Wildfire Spending In Oregon Triggers Lloyd’s Insurance Policy

Oregon’s tough wildfire season has pushed spending to the point the state Department of Forest is tapping its special insurance policy for the second year in a row. The Bulletin reported that state wildfire costs exceeded the $20 million deductible …

Crestbrook Insurance Expands into Oregon, Washington

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Crestbrook Insurance Co., an affluent market personal lines carrier, is expanding into Oregon and Washington. Independent insurance agents and brokers appointed with Crestbrook in both states are now able to offer the property/casualty carrier’s products and services to …

California-Based Palomar Specialty Insurance Expands Into More States

La Jolla, Calif.-based Palomar Specialty Insurance Co., established in February 2014 as a specialty catastrophe insurer, announced it is now licensed to write residential and commercial insurance in 14 states. Palomar Specialty initially focused on writing residential earthquake insurance, commercial …

Hundreds of Oregon Households Told to Flee Wildfire

A new wildfire pushed by gusting winds threatens the small Columbia River Gorge community of Rowena, Ore., where residents of 275 homes had been told to evacuate. The fire made a run along the river in the evening on Aug. …

Wildfires Burn Structures, Threaten Homes In California, Oregon, Washington

Two wildfires that burned or threatened hundreds of homes in Northern California were bearing down on a small town as they plowed through more than 100 square miles of drought-stricken brush, and Tuesday brought a chance of thunderstorms and lightning …

No Fukushima Radiation Found in Oregon, Says Group

A group testing West Coast waters for radiation from a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant says no evidence of contamination has been found in Oregon. Massive amounts of contaminated water were released from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan …