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State appeals court overturns jury's verdict in 'Timber Case'

The Oregon Court of Appeals last week overturned a $1.1 billion verdict in the “Timber Case” lawsuit brought by Linn County and 12 other counties and 151 local taxing districts over how the state manages timber harvests on some 700,000 acres of state forest lands.

In the appellate decision, announced April 27, the court found that the Oregon Department of Forestry did not violate an agreement between the counties and the state over timber harvests when the state balanced the financial benefits of timber production with environmental and recreational benefits.

The decision overturns a 1...