The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed a $1.1 billion verdict against the state for its forest management practices, finding the state did not violate state or local agreements regarding its timber production.

A Linn County jury initially awarded 13 rural counties and 151 local taxing districts over $1 billion in damages in 2019 after finding that Oregon breached its contract to maximize timber harvests in state forests for the past two decades. The amount included over $160 million for attorney fees. 

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