Oregon Business Groups Sue Over Heat and Smoke Worker Protections

Some Oregon business groups are suing over the state’s new job site rules mandating that employers take steps to protect workers from extreme heat and wildfire smoke. Regulations adopted by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division mandate that employers act once the temperature or air quality reaches a certain threshold. The heat rules took … Read more

Life Sentence for Oregon Author in Spouse Death for Insurance Money

A self-published romance novelist who once wrote an online essay called “How to Murder Your Husband” was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for murdering her husband at his workplace in Portland, Oregon, four years ago. Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, was convicted of second-degree murder on May 25 following a seven-week … Read more

Deaf Job Applicant in Oregon Wins $225K Settlement for Discrimination

A Portland, Oregon, software company and its staffing agency will each pay $112,500 to a deaf job applicant who said they refused to hire him because he requested a sign-language interpreter at a group job interview. Viewpoint Construction Software’s technology helps contractors plan and manage large projects. Its recruiting firm, Seattle-based CampusPoint Corp., focuses on … Read more

Oregon adopts rules for denied conditions in comp

The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division adopted temporary rules on the apportionment of impairment for injured workers when a denied condition is unrelated to a compensable injury, in response to a state Supreme Court case. The high court in an April decision, Johnson v. SAIF Corp., determined that a worker is entitled to the full value of … Read more

Oregon Care Center Sued for $4.7M After Patient Leaves, Drowns

A woman is suing a memory care center outside Portland, Oregon, after her husband left the facility unknown to staff and drowned in a creek. Toufik “Tom” Tanous, 79, suffered from severe memory loss and had tried to leave at least twice before disappearing from the Hawthorne House care facility in Forest Grove around 8 … Read more

Geneva Financial unveils new branch in Oregon

Hines (pictured) joined Geneva from Veritas Funding, where she also served as branch manager. Her 20-year career in the mortgage and real estate industry also includes time spent at Citywide Home Loans, Sortis Financial, Ridge Lending Group and Morgan Financial. “Already, our transition to Geneva has proven tremendously fruitful,” Hines said. “The resources available to … Read more

Former Captain Sues Sheriff in Oregon for Retaliation

A nearly 30-year veteran of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office in Bend, Oregon, has filed a $2.5 million federal lawsuit against the county, the sheriff, and two private investigators for alleged civil rights violations and retaliation. In his lawsuit, Capt. Deron McMaster claims Sheriff Shane Nelson withheld evidence incriminating Nelson and his wife in an … Read more

Native American Man Files Suit in Oregon Alleging Bogus Detention

A lawsuit alleges a Salem, Oregon, police officer accused a Native American man of stealing a car he was working on, grabbed him, shoved him onto the hood of his police car and handcuffed him with no justification for arrest. The lawsuit says the officer then placed Christopher Garza in the back of his patrol … Read more

$11.4M Jury Award Prompts Oregon Resort to Change Bike Policy

Mt. Hood Skibowl in Oregon will keep cyclists off its forested trails this summer after losing a lawsuit from a man who said he slammed into a signpost and was paralyzed from the waist down. A Multnomah County jury awarded $11.4 million to Gabriel B. Owens this spring after the cyclist’s lawyers said he hit … Read more