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County commissioners file $1.4 billion suit against state


March 15, 2016

Linn County Commissioners filed a $1.4 billion class action lawsuit against the State of Oregon and the State Forestry Department on March 10 for failure to properly manage forest policy and promote timber harvests on forest trust land.

The class consists of 15 forest trust land counties and at least 130 other government entities that share or receive revenue from the Forest Trust lands, according to the document.

The suit alleges a breach of contract on the part of the state by their adoption of the Greatest Permanent Value Rule and that they did not manage the forest trust lands in “...

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