The Oregon Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling on a class action suit brought by 13 counties and 151 local taxing districts against the state of Oregon, alleging it owed them more than $1 billion in past and future revenue.

The plaintiffs, including Lincoln County, filed the suit in 2016 in Linn County Circuit Court, where in 2019 a jury awarded them $1.1 billion, finding the state failed to uphold its contractual obligations by not extracting the maximum revenue from about 700,000 acres of land donated by the plaintiffs in the 1930s and 1940s.

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