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Oregon businesses threaten class action lawsuit over coronavirus restrictions

Three Oregon businesses have threatened a class action lawsuit against the state over restrictions implemented by Gov. Kate Brown to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

An attorney representing the businesses argued that Oregon officials should draft a plan to compensate small business owners for financial hardship caused by those restrictions.

The demand letter was filed on behalf of a Linn County salon, a Coos County bowling alley and the Wilsonville Family Fun Center, better known as Bullwinkle’s.

“As a result of your orders, my clients and many other businesses like theirs closed as ordered and thousands of workers found themselves without employment,” attorney John DiLorenzo wrote in a tort claim letter to the state Friday.

Brown’s office said Monday it doesn’t comment on pending or potential litigation.

DiLorenzo is one of the state’s most high-profile attorneys, having successfully battled the city of Portland over improper expenditures by the water and sewer

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USPS Troubles Threaten Small Business Owners

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To cope with the recession brought on by the pandemic, many small-business owners have turned to online sales to boost revenue, relying on the U.S. mail to deliver their goods to customers. But that may be in jeopardy as the Postal Service faces financial hardship and finds itself in the middle of a political fight.

Without the USPS services they rely on, some entrepreneurs say they’d be forced to use private shipping companies at much higher rates, and potentially have to pass that cost on to customers.      

The USPS has lost $80 billion since 2007, as Americans abandoned written mail in favor of email and social

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