In a case involving issues of statutory interpretation, the scope of the initiative power, and the prohibition on impairment of contract, a judge yesterday ordered Clackamas County to cooperate with TriMet in the construction and operation of the Portland-Milwaukie light rail line. TriMet, represented by Ater Wynne litigators Steve Blackhurst and Lori Irish Bauman, filed suit earlier this year to enforce contracts that TriMet and the County signed in 2010 and 2012. The County resisted performing certain contractual duties following voter approval of an ordinance requiring a countywide vote on the use of resources for public rail. In granting summary judgment for TriMet, Judge Henry Breithaupt held that the ordinance does not apply to the Portland-Milwaukie line, which is currently under construction and set to begin operation in 2015.
The Oregonian's report on the ruling is here.