Dick's Auto Settles False Advertising Complaint with AG

Scales of Justice

Dick's Auto of Hillsboro agreed to settle with the Oregon Department of Justice over a complaint filed by Albany man for inflating the cost of his new Dodge Ram.Dealers can only advertise discounts based on the manufacturer's suggest retail price, also known as the MSRP, but Dick's Auto advertised discounts on the market value."Dick’s would inflate the MSRP and post it in advertisements as “market ...   More
Monday, June 30, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Animal Miracle Foundation Agrees to Close

Pet adoption nonprofit settles to end state investigation.


The pet holidays are looking bleak for the Animal Miracle Foundation.The Portland animal rescue nonprofit agreed Friday to shut down in order to end a state Department of Justice investigation into its business.A state investigation into the Animal Miracle Foundation led to the agreement, filed Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court. The Justice Department began investigating the organization in ...   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

City, Albina Ministerial Alliance Close to Deal on Police Reforms

Police union calls their negotiations failed


Mayor Charlie Hales said this morning a deal between the city and the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition over the U.S. Department of Justice's mandated reforms is near.In a press release, the mayor's office played up the deal, which it says may be finalized within two weeks, and downplayed the fact that negotiations between the city and the Portland Police Association have stalled.In September 2012, ...   More
Monday, June 10, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Oregon Health Authority Joins Portland Police on DOJ Watchlist


Here’s a U.S. Department of Justice agreement a lot of people have overlooked: the state of Oregon is on the hook to make sure its mental health programs are not violating the Americans with Disability Act. The DOJ has had the state under investigation since 2010. Under the ADA, a state cannot segregate individuals with disabilities—including severe and persistent mental illness—in institutional ...   More
Monday, December 3, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Just 15 Percent of Portland Patrol Cops Sign Up for Crisis Intervention Team Duty

Portland Police Badge

(Updated Nov. 27)Fifty six Portland Police Officers tossed their names in to serve on the bureau's soon-to-be expanded Crisis Intervention Team, a police spokesman tells WW.Not long after the Department of Justice released its report finding PPB officers have a pattern and practice of using excessive force on those with mental illness, Chief Mike Reese announced the city would create a 24-hour intervention ...   More
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Federal Investigators Mum On Thursday's Portland Police Shooting (Updated)

Bob Day Police Shotgun Less Lethal

The U.S. Department of Justice has declined to comment to WW whether and how the shooting of an apparently mentally ill person by a central precinct police officer last week will affect a recently launched DOJ investigation of the Portland Police Bureau. Nevertheless, it's clear DOJ officials will be looking over the bureau's shoulder as it investigates the incident internally. On Thursday, Officer ...   More
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 COREY PAUL

Release of Oregon Energy Department Investigation File Delayed Again

John Kroger

The long saga of the Oregon Department of Justice's investigation into contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy has gotten even longer.First, a recap: DOJ began an investigation last August into whether ODOE employees had improperly steered a $60,000 subcontract to a Bend renewable energy consulting firm run by Cylvia Hayes, the longtime companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber. At the time ...   More
Thursday, March 31, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

New State Initiative in Bias Crime Reporting

Last week's forum in Portland at the Q Center on gay bashing revealed that many members of the LGBTQ community feel uncomfortable reporting bias crimes to the police. Days after the June 2 forum, the state Department of Justice is announcing the establishment of a confidential bias crime reporting system for anyone who's been targeted as a result of their race, gender, religion and sexual orienation. ...   More
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Caitlin Giddings


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