Historical Oregon Supreme Court Session In La Grande

For the first time in its history, the Oregon Supreme Court heard oral arguments in La Grande, Oregon on May 14, 2008.  The court sat in the auditorium of La Grande High School.  The session was attended by about 200 students, teachers, community members, local media, judges and lawyers.  CVK managing partner (and a fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers) Thom Brown argued a case involving ORS 12.125, which requires that an action “arising under the Oregon Residential Landlord and Tenant Act or a rental agreement” must be filed within one year.  The issue before the Supreme Court was whether a complaint that relies on the ORLTA and a rental agreement to support the “duty” element of a common law negligence claim is subject to ORS 12.125.  The trial court and the Court of Appeals said “yes.”  The Supreme Court should issue a written decision within three to six months.

CVK’s appellate practice group has handled seven cases before Oregon’s high court in the last two years, the most of any law firm civil appellate practice group.  CVK’s appellate lawyers have also filed several amicus briefs in other cases before the Oregon Supreme Court.  To learn more about CVK’s appellate practice group, please click here.