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Jury: State at fault in timber lawsuit


November 27, 2019

Following a 19-day trial, a Linn County jury last week found in favor of 13 Oregon counties, led by Linn County, who sued the State of Oregon for breach of contract by failing to properly manage forest policy and promote timber harvests on Forest Trust land.

Jurors awarded $1 billion in damages.

The trial was held in Linn County Circuit Court from Oct. 24 to Nov. 20, with the jury returning a verdict on a 10-2 vote in favor of Linn County and the 13 other counties on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Named as part of the class action are Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Lane, Linc...

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