COVID-19 Class Action Sought for Infected Oregon Inmates and Families

Lawyers representing Oregon prisoners who contracted COVID-19 while incarcerated as well as the estates of inmates who died after contracting COVID-19 while incarcerated in Oregon are seeking to have the lawsuit certified as a class action. The lawsuit claims that Corrections officials failed to adhere to protocols like mask wearing and social distancing for employees as well as inmates during the COVID-19 pandemic. This lack of adherence allegedly has led to 3,607 prisoners testing positive for COVID-19 while 42 inmates have died from COVID-19.

The class, if approved, would be made up of three sub-classes:

1.           Inmates diagnosed with COVID-19;

2.           Inmates that were not offered a COVID-19 vaccine by January 1, 2020; and

3.           Estates of inmates who had COVID-19 and died while in prison.


This blog is intended to provide information to the general public and to practitioners about developments that may impact Oregon class actions.

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Steve Larson
An experienced trial lawyer who handles both hourly and contingent fee cases, Steve has expertise in class actions, antitrust litigation, securities litigation, corporate disputes, intellectual property disputes, unfair competition claims, and disputes involving family wealth. Steve regularly represents individuals and businesses in federal and state court and has obtained class-wide recovery in multiple class actions. A veteran practitioner, Steve's clients value his creative approach to resolving complex litigation matters.

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