Oregon Circuit Court Judge Daniel Murphy has ruled Linn County’s suit against the state can become a class action.
That means 14 other counties and dozens of other taxing districts can join together to sue the state.
The chair of the Linn County Commission, Roger Nyquist, called it good news.
“In practical terms it moves the time line up it also I would think indicate to the state that the dollars involved here are a fairly big number and they ought to address the issue,” he said.
The lawsuit is seeking $1.4 billion dollars in damages.