- Court: Oregon Court of Appeals
- Area(s) of Law: Attorney Fees
- Date Filed: 09-08-2011
- Case #: A141570
- Judge(s)/Court Below: Hadlock, J. for the Court; Ortega, P.J. & Sercombe, J.
- Full Text Opinion
Williams brought a breach of contract claim against her former employer, Salem Women’s Clinic (“SWC”). In support of her claim, Williams alleged David Barlow (“Barlow”), SWC’s former practice manager, had made certain representations during contract negotiations. SWC filed a third-party complaint against Barlow because of the representations. The trial court ruled in favor of Williams and Barlow. The trial court also awarded attorney fees to Barlow under ORS 20.105, concluding that SWC acted unreasonably in pursuing its claim against Barlow. SWC appealed the attorney fee award. The Court held that SWC did not act unreasonably because the record was not entirely devoid of support for the claim against Barlow; Williams’ allegations provided some basis for SWC’s claim. Award of attorney fees reversed; award of enhanced prevailing party fee vacated and remanded; otherwise affirmed.