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The Oregon Supreme Court issued a recent opinion in Neumann v. Lilesfurther expanding protection of First Amendment rights with respect to claims of defamation. 358 Or 706 (2016). The Court presented a comprehensive test to determine if a statement is actionable. Neumann v. Liles is a case about review made on Google.com of a wedding venue by a participant (Liles) at the wedding. The court found that the statement was one of opinion and was not actionable based on the tenor of the overall post.
The Oregon Legislature passed a cap on non-economic damages in 1987 that limited damages to $500,000. Until recently, the courts held that the cap was unconstitutional, under the remedies clause, as it relates to most claims.