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2020 - Verdict Report

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January 1, 2021

Trials This Year

Assault / Sexual Assault Trials

J.J v. Gresham-Barlow School District, Multnomah County Case No. 17CV13702

Plaintiff J.J. alleged that from 2005 to 2009 while a student attending Deep Creek Elementary School in the Gresham-Barlow School District she was sexually abused by Jeff Hays who was her principal.    Plaintiff J.J. alleges that when Jeff Hays assaulted Plaintiff, he was acting within the scope of his employment with the District. Plaintiff J.J. sought non-economic damages in the amount of $6 million. Defendant Gresham-Barlow School District denies all allegations against it and denied that Jeff Hays was acting in the course and scope of his employment as to the alleged conduct. Verdict - $3,000,000.00.

Mosley v. Rouge Portland, LLC, Multnomah County Case No. 18CV58754

Plaintiff Mosely was asked to leave Defendant's "gentleman's club" and once on the sidewalk he alleged that the bouncer knocked him to the ground aggravating a pre=existing closed head injury. He sought $108,500 in damages. Defendant denied liability. Defense Verdict.

Voigt v. Multnomah County, Multnomah County Case No. 18CV44920

While incarcerated at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail (“Inverness Jail”), plaintiff obtained a job working on the “cart crew,” which was responsible for distributing and collecting inmate meal trays.  As a security precaution, inmates assigned to “cart crew” must dress down and submit to a strip search prior to and upon completion of their duties. Plaintiff alleged that the deputy handling the strip search made the inmates step out of the changing stalls to go select their own clothes off the racks, which were placed several feet beyond the openings of the stalls, after the inmates are unclothed and that the deputy grabbed himself in his private area during the dress down. Plaintiff alleged that he suffers from severe mental and emotional distress, including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, sleep disruption, and loss of appetite as a result of the experience. He sought $900,000.00 in damages. Defendant denied all claims. Defense Verdict.

Medical Malpractice Trials

Hadar-Ziady et al v. A Gentle  Beginning LLC et al., Multnomah County Case No. 18CV19054

This was a medical negligence case stemming from a vaginal injury to Plaintiff mom during childbirth. Plaintiff alleged that Defendants failed to properly diagnose and repair the trauma leading to more sever injuries and incontinence. She sought $6,000,000.00 in damages. Defendants denied liability. Verdict - $2,855,000.00.

Product Liability Trials

Miller v. Kaiser Gypsum Company  Inc., Multnomah County Case No. 19CV36516

This was a product liability case in which Plaintiff Miller alleged that he came into contact with asbestos manufactured, distributed or supplied by Defendant Kaiser Gypsum and developed mesothelioma. He sought $26,000,000.00 in damages. Defendant denied that they were negligent or that Plaintiff Miller had any contact with their product. Verdict - $6,218,046.00.

Dillard v. John Crane Inc., Multnomah County Case No. 19CV36516

This civil case was brought by Plaintiff Dillard and his wife. Plaintiff was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. He claimed that he was exposed to asbestos-containing products manufactured, sold, or supplied by Defendant through his work at an aluminum plant in The Dalles, Oregon, from approximately 1965 the 1990s. Defendant denied that Mr. Dillard was exposed to an asbestos-containing product at the plant that was manufactured, sold, or supplied by Defendants and claimed that Mr. Dillard’s mesothelioma was caused by the asbestos-containing products and conduct of others. Plaintiff sought $3,000,000.00 for past and future medical expenses, $3,000,000.00 for lost wages and lost future earning capacity, $10,000,000.00 for non-economic damages, and Mrs. Dillard sought $10,000,000.00 for loss of consortium. Verdict - $761,767.35 after 88% reduction for percentage of fault attributed to settling parties.

MVA Trials

Schaefer v. Sparling, Multnomah County Case No. 19CV08727

This was an admitted liability car crash case in which defendant Sparling denied that the crash caused Plaintiff's injuries and contested damages. Plaintiff Schaefer claimed crash related injuries including permanent injuries to his chest, shoulder and neck. He sought  $47,556.00 for past medical expenses, $100,000.00 for future medical expenses, $4,835.00 for past wage losses, $500,000.00 for future wage losses, and $750,000.00 for non-economic damages. Verdict - $258,005.00.

Johnson v. Luey, Multnomah County Case No. 18CV47094

This was an admit-liability car crash case in which Plaintiff Johnson alleged that he suffered soft-tissue injuries to his neck, back, shoulder and ribs. He sought $10,470.21 for medical expenses, $5,000.00 for wage losses, and $450,000 for non-economic damages. Defendant contested damages. Verdict - $176,705.00.

Andre v. Lehrle, Multnomah County Case No. 17CV49480

This was a car crash case where Defendant Lehrle admitted liability but denied that the crash caused any injury to Plaintiff Andre.  Andre alleged the crash caused injury to her collarbone, arms, shoulders, neck, back, hands, knees, shins, and feet, including exacerbation of a preexisting head injury. She sought $50,000 for past and future medical expenses and $350,000 for non-economic damages. Verdict - $85,000.00.

Lankenau v. Christiansen, Multnomah County Case No. 19CV01498

This was an admit-liability car crash case in which Plaintiff Lankenau alleged that she suffered a significant concussion with permanent vision changes requiring prizm glasses, as well as soft tissue injuries. She sought $34,661.37 for past and future medical expenses and wage losses, and $175,000.00 for non-economic damages. Verdict - $50,122.56.

Eman v. Hoblin, Multnomah County Case No. 18CV44598

This was an admit-liability car crash case in which Plaintiff Eman claimed that she suffered injuries including soft tissue injuries to multiple areas of her body and pregnancy complications. She sought $30,000 for medical expenses and $250,000 for non-economic damages. Verdict - $39,730.19.

O'Donnel v. Valencia, Multnomah County Case No. 18CV51667

This was an admit-liability car crash case where Plaintiff alleged the crash caused multiple soft-tissue injuries and sought $205,000.00 in damages. Defendant  denied that the crash caused any injury to Plaintiff. Verdict - $13,000.00.

Arnond v. Manning, Multnomah County Case No. 19CV02649

This was a car crash case in which Defendant Manning admitted liability but denied that the crash caused injury to Plaintiff Arnond. Plaintiff Arnond claimed the crash caused multiple soft-tissue injuries and sought $10,860.80 in medical expenses and $80,000.00 in non-economic damages. Verdict - $12,860.80.

Hofmann v. Naovaransy, Multnomah County Case No. 19CV11393

This was a contested liability car crash case in which Plaintiff Hofmann alleged soft-tissue injuries to his neck and back and sought $49,999.99 in damages. Defense Verdict.

Vasquez v. Dempsey, Multnomah County Case No. 19CV17627

This was an admitted liability car crash case in which Defendant Dempsey denied that the crash caused any injury to Plaintiff Vasquez. Vasquez alleged that the crash caused him soft-tissue injuries to his back and neck and sought $10,000.00 in damages and legal fees pursuant to ORS 20.080. Defense Verdict.

Pliska v. Worland, Multnomah County Case No. 18CV38299

This was an admitted liability car crash case in which Defendant Worland denied that the crash caused any injury to Plaintiff Pliska. Pliska alleged that the crash caused him soft-tissue injuries to his back and neck and sought $20,000.00 in medical expenses and $75,000.00 in non-economic damages. Defense Verdict.

Workplace Injury Trials

Murray v. P&C Construction Co., Multnomah County Case No.18CV32214

Plaintiff Murray was a crane operator working on a union construction project in which Defendant P&C Construction Co. was the designated safety director under the general contract between the general contractor and the client.  On the date of this incident, a severe weather event had been forecast. Defendant had in place a safety requirement that stated, “whenever hazardous weather conditions arise that affect the safety of employees, work activities wi11 be stopped until conditions have improved.” Snow began to fall and accumulated on the working surface. Defendant did not recommend a work stoppage. Plaintiff was walking at the worksite when he slipped and fell on his shoulder.  Plaintiff alleged that Defendant was negligent for failing to shut down the worksite when the conditions became dangerous due to the weather. He alleged that the fall caused him to suffer a labral tear and a Hill-Sachs lesion which required surgical repair.  He sought $45,528.40 in past medical expenses, $101,836.80 in lost wages, $42,000 in employment benefits, and $500,000.00in non-economic damages. Defendant admitted that there was some accumulation of snow but denied that the conditions were dangerous or that they were negligent for failing to shut down the worksite. Defendant alleged that Plaintiff was negligent for failing to keep a proper lookout and walking in an area he knew was icy.  Verdict -$255,850.00 after a 30% reduction for comparative negligence.  

UM/UIM Trials

Morlan v. State Farm Mutual  Automobile Insurance Company, Multnomah County Case No. 19CV05819

This was an uninsured motorist (UM) trial. Plaintiff Morlan brought this lawsuit against his own insurance company for UM coverage and alleged that the crash he was in caused him multiple injuries including a torn pelvis muscle and post-traumatic impingement in his hip. He sought $40,000.00 for past medical expenses, $10,000.00 for future medical expenses, $250,000.00 for non-economic damages and legal fees pursuant to ORS 742.061. Defendant State Farm contested the extent of Morlan's injuries and damages. Verdict - $152,048.00.

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