Oregon News

Oregon Wildfire Costs This Year Hit Record of $514M

New data shows the cost of fighting wildfires in Oregon reached an all-time high $514.6 million in 2018. According to data from Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, Oregon’s costs skyrocketed past last year’s record-setting total of $447 million. The Statesman Journal …

Oregon Department Store Sued over Camera Pointed at Dressing Room

A Fred Meyer customer in Clackamas, Ore. who says she was caught on store video while half-naked in a dressing room has filed a $300,000 lawsuit. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Carlee Gish filed the lawsuit against the shopping chain Monday in …

Oregon Woman Files Suit to Prevent Debt Collectors Coming to Her Door

A Portland, Ore. woman who says debt collectors keep showing up at her door looking for someone she swears she doesn’t know has filed a $400,000 lawsuit to make them stop. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Caitlin Kelly is suing a Portland …

13% Percent Increase in Fatal Crashes on Oregon Roads

The number of people killed in fatal crashes in Oregon has gone up by 13 percent from last year. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that the total number of deaths on city streets, freeways and county highways was driven up this summer …

Idaho’s High Court Considering Defamation by Inference Suit

The Idaho Supreme Court has heard arguments in a case that could determine whether individuals have the right to sue if they think someone implied, but didn’t outright say, something defamatory. The issue arose in a lawsuit brought last year …

Oregon Sues OxyContin Manufacturer Claiming it Minimized Risks

Oregon’s attorney general has sued the pharmaceutical company that makes OxyContin, saying it misrepresented the risks and benefits of the drug and lied to a state regulatory agency to maximize profits. A spokesman at Purdue Pharma, targeted by last week’s …

Oregon SAIF Declares Dividends as Workers’ Comp Costs Decrease

The board of directors of the SAIF, the not-for-profit company providing workers’ comp insurance in Oregon, declared two dividends for customers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to SAIF’s policyholders, and a $40 million safety performance dividend to …

Several Lawsuits Allege Racial Profiling in Oregon Businesses

Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were “shopping while black.” A Portland law firm has filed five lawsuits alleging racial profiling at businesses …

SAIF in Oregon Names Former Commissioner Robison Chief Actuarial Officer

SAIF has named Laura Robison, a former Oregon insurance commissioner, as its chief actuarial officer. The appointment is effective in September. Robison will manage the loss reserving process, oversee ratemaking and rate filing, and manage SAIF’s reinsurance program, among other …

City Sues Oregon Company for Cutting Down Christmas Tree

A city in central Oregon seeks $62,000 from a tree removal company that accidentally cut down a big spruce that was slated to become the city’s Christmas tree. In a lawsuit filed last week, Redmond officials allege that workers trespassed …