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Lawsuit hearing creates sparks


January 10, 2018

By Audrey Caro

Of The New Era

Circuit Court Judge Daniel Murphy heard arguments on Thursday, Jan. 4, in Linn County’s $1.4 billion breach of contract lawsuit against the state of Oregon and the State Forestry Department.

Attorneys for the county contend that the state did not manage the Forest Trust Lands pursuant to the Forest Acquisition Act of 1939.

The county believes that the state failed in its obligation to manage the lands for the greatest permanent value, part of which it interprets as revenue maximization.

The county’s complaint, filed on March 10, 2016, states that the “GPV...

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