ALDERMAN v. DAVIDSON, 156 Or. App. 478 (1998)

965 P.2d 1063

Marlys V. ALDERMAN, now known as Vicki Alderman Forell, Respondent — Cross-Appellant, v. Christine A. DAVIDSON and Sharon Mallory, Appellants — Cross-Respondents.

94-00184CV; CA A91510.Oregon Court of Appeals.
Submitted on remand June 2, 1998.

On remand from the Oregon Supreme Court, Alderman v. Davidson, 326 Or. 508, 954 P.2d 779 (1998).

Appeal from Circuit Court, Lake County.

Lane W. Simpson, Judge.

Paul B. Heatherman and Ray A. Babb Associates for appellants-cross-respondents.

Donald R. Crane for respondent-cross-appellant.

Before Warren, Presiding Judge, and Edmonds and Armstrong, Judges.

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Plaintiff filed this action to foreclose a trust deed. Defendant counterclaimed for damages for trespass to the property. The trial court found against both claims. The trust deed contains an attorney fees provision that, as a result of ORS 20.096, benefits whichever party prevails on the issues that arise from the trust deed. The trial court, nevertheless, declined to award defendant attorney fees on the ground that neither party prevailed in the action as a whole. On appeal, defendant sought attorney fees under the trust deed; on cross-appeal, plaintiff sought foreclosure. We reversed on the cross-appeal and therefore did not reach the attorney fees issue that defendant raised on appeal. Alderman v. Davidson, 146 Or. App. 282, 933 P.2d 365 (1997). On review, the Supreme Court reversed our decision on the foreclosure issue, thereby affirming the trial court’s denial of foreclosure and remanded to us to decide whether defendant is entitled to attorney fees. Alderman v. Davidson, 326 Or. 508, 954 P.2d 779 (1998).

Defendant prevailed on the only portion of the case to which the attorney fees provision applies. She is therefore entitled to recover fees for that portion, without regard to the result in the rest of the case. See Newell v. Weston, 156 Or. App. 371, 965 P.2d 1039 (1998). We remand for the trial court to determine the amount of fees at the trial level.

On appeal, reversed and remanded; affirmed on cross-appeal.

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