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Longshoremen Union Owes $75 Million Less in Damages for Slowdown

March 6, 2020, 3:02 PM

A jury’s award of almost $94 million from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to a terminal operator for slowdowns at the Port of Portland can’t be sustained, the District of Oregon ruled.

The maximum damages supported by the evidence is about $19 million, the court said Thursday. Plaintiff ICTSI Oregon Inc. can either accept this diminished award, or have a new trial on damages.

The dispute centered on jobs dealing with refrigerated ocean-going vessels, or “reefers.” The Port of Portland assigned reefer jobs to members of a different union. The jury found that between 2012 and the time ICTSI...

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