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Civil Justice is Much More Than Compensation

There is a commonly held but narrow and deeply flawed view that the civil justice system is solely about providing compensation to those who are harmed by wrongful conduct. In fact, compensating survivors and victims is but one important function of the civil justice system. It’s worth reflecting a moment on some of the other […]

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Questions About Voting In Oregon Elections

Over these past 20 years, Oregon voters have mailed in their ballots for all elections. There is no standing in lines to vote. The system has meant more and easier access to the ballot, higher voter turnout, and improved election security. Oregon is the first state in the nation to have a vote-by-mail system. The […]

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Damages Caps Post-Horton: Where Are We Now?

Two years ago, the Oregon Supreme Court upheld a statutory cap on noneconomic damages in a case brought under the Oregon Tort Claims Act. Horton v. OHSU, 359 Or 168, 376 P3d 998 (2016). That decision has been characterized by some as eviscerating Oregon’s jury trial right under Article I, section 17 of the Oregon […]

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Damages Caps Post-Horton: Where Are Plaintiff Attorneys Now?

Two years ago, the Oregon Supreme Court upheld a statutory cap on noneconomic damages in a case brought under the Oregon Tort Claims Act. Horton v. OHSU, 359 Or 168, 376 P3d 998 (2016). That decision has been characterized by some as eviscerating Oregon’s jury trial right under Article I, section 17 of the Oregon […]

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