Oregon counties win $1 billion timber lawsuit against state

The counties had claimed breach of contract, saying the state did not harvest enough timber over two decades, depriving the counties of revenue.

Posted: Nov 20, 2019 3:22 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- Jurors in Oregon have found in favor of 14 counties and their $1 billion lawsuit against the state over revenue from logging on state lands.

Leah Olson, who works with the Linn County court in Albany, confirmed the verdict delivered Wednesday was in favor of the counties.

The counties had claimed breach of contract, saying the state did not harvest enough timber over two decades, depriving the counties of revenue.

There was no immediate reaction from the state, whose attorneys had said the counties wanted to allow clear-cutting of forests and don't care about endangered species.

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