- Court: Oregon Supreme Court
- Area(s) of Law: Attorney Fees
- Date Filed: 06-28-2012
- Case #: S058755
- Judge(s)/Court Below: Walter, J. for the Court; En Banc.
- Full Text Opinion
County appeals a supplemental judgment awarding Village attorney fees. County cites as error the Tax Court's abuse of discretion in awarding attorney fees because, although it was found to have interpreted a statute incorrectly when taxing Village, it was nonetheless an objectively reasonable interpretation. The Tax Court considered several factors in ORS 20.075(1), as well as whether the County was simply relitigating the issues before the trial court when it appealed the magistrate's decisions. The Supreme Court found that the Tax Court could not rely on factors outside those in the statute, and thus the Tax Court abused its discretion. Additionally, it found that County's interpretation of the statute was objectively reasonable, listing in particular that it had never come before the Supreme Court and that the Court had found both Village's and County's interpretation of the statute reasonable. Reversed and remanded.