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2020 - Verdict Report

January 1, 2021

Trial Numbers

Motor Vehicle Accident - Plaintiffs won 7/10.

Products Liability - Plaintiffs won 2/2.

Assault - Plaintiffs won 0/2.

Sexual Assault - Plaintiffs won 1/1.

Medical Malpractice - Plaintiffs won - 1/1.

Underinsured Motorist - Plaintiffs won 1/1.

Worksite Injury - Plaintiffs won 1/1.

Notable Cases

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.

Total Verdict - $6,348,061.21.

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.

Total verdict - $3,000,000.00.

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.  

Total Verdict -$255,850.00 after a 30% reduction for comparative negligence.  

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