State Agrees to Pay $1 Million to Mark Long to Settle Oregon Energy Department Investigation Case

Case stems from allegations former AG John Kroger violated a former state agency director's rights during a criminal investigation

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The Oregon Department of Justice has agreed to pay a $1 million settlement to former Oregon Energy Department director Mark Long to settle claims the state violated his rights when it put him under criminal investigation in 2010.The settlement, released to WW by Long's attorneys, is here.The investigation stemmed from allegations he steered a contract to a firm co-owned by Cylvia Hayes, companion of ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

U of O Prof. Files Bar Complaint in Long v. Kroger Case

Complaint results from long-running DOJ investigation

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University of Oregon Economics Prof. Bill Harbaugh last week filed a complaint (PDF) with the Oregon State Bar against prominent Eugene lawyers Bill Gary and Sharon Rudnick and University of Oregon General Counsel Randy Geller. The complaint accuses Gary and Rudnick of misleading Marion County Judge Thomas Hart about the value of legal services their firm, Harrang Long Gary Rudnick, provided in ...   More
 
Monday, June 10, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

University of Oregon Counsel Slams Oregon DOJ

Says Kroger's Agency Retaliated and Blackballed Law Firm

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Earlier this week, WW reported that lawyers for Mark Long, the former director of the Oregon Department of Energy, are seeking $432,000 in legal fees for their representation of Long in a case against the Oregon Department of Justice. Marion County Judge Thomas Hart previously awarded Long's lawyers at the Harrang Long Gary Rudnick firm fees in the case, Long v. Kroger, which centered around the claim ...   More
 
Thursday, July 19, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Former State Energy Official Sues Kroger, Riddell, Justice Department For $17.5 Million

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As long expected, the former interim director of the Oregon Department of Energy, Mark Long, has filed a lawsuit against outgoing Oregon Attorney General John Kroger, his former chief criminal attorney, Sean Riddell, and the Oregon Department of Justice, over their conduct during an investigation.The lawsuit was filed today in Marion County Circuit Court. It was expected because Long filed a tort claim ...   More
 
Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Corey Pein

Email Destruction at Oregon Department of Justice Brings Call for Special Prosecutor

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Lawyers for Mark Long, the former interim director of the Oregon Department of Energy, have asked Gov. John Kitzhaber to direct Attorney General John Kroger to appoint a special prosecutor who would investigate the deletion of emails by former Department of Justice criminal chief Sean Riddell."We write to urge you to direct Attorney General John Kroger, pursuant to ORS 180.070, to conduct immediately ...   More
 
Thursday, June 23, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Updated: Four Suspended ODOE Employees To Be Reinstated

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WW has learned that four Oregon Department of Energy employees will be reinstated today, marking the latest twist in story that began with an Oregon Department of Justice investigation into ODOE contracting practices that last August.The investigation has received intense scrutiny because the employees were accused of steering state business to Cylvia Hayes, the long-time companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber.The ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

ODOE: Long Files Bar Complaint Against DOJ's Riddell

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Lawyers for the former director of the Oregon Department of Energy, Mark Long, filed a bar complaint (PDF) on May 13 against Sean Riddell, chief counsel for the Oregon Department of Justice's criminal division. The complaint levels serious accusations against Riddell, a top lieutenant to Attorney General John Kroger. "In the course of conducting a criminal investigation, Mr. Riddell repeatedly and ...   More
 
Monday, May 16, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Energy Department Director's Lawyer Sues Attorney General John Kroger

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The battle between former Oregon Department of Energy interim Director Mark Long and Attorney General John Kroger's Oregon Department of Justice continues to escalate.Bill Gary, Long's attorney, filed a lawsuit last week in Marion County Court accusing Kroger of withholding records related to the racketeering theory that Justice Department criminal investigators pursued in last year's probe into the ...   More
 
Thursday, April 14, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Read the Document: Two Powerful Lawyers Attack the Investigator in the Cylvia Hayes Probe

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As the probe continues into whether the Oregon Department of Energy unlawfully steered business to a company co-owned by Gov. John Kitzhaber's longtime companion, two well-connected defense lawyers have gone on the offensive against the chief investigator in the case.WW has obtained a 30-page letter (PDF) in which Dave Frohnmayer and Bill Gary outline a series of accusations against Sean Riddell (in ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Read the Letter: Oregon Energy Department/Cylvia Hayes Investigation Gets Messy


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Last week, Attorney General John Kroger's office issued a statement marking the end of his investigation into contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy. "We are currently of the opinion that we could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any state employee committed Official Misconduct in the First or Second degree while awarding the Energy Assurance Grant," wrote Kroger's ...   More
 
Monday, January 3, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

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