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2021 - Verdict Report

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January 1, 2022

Trials This Year

Product Liability Trials

Rickman v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Inc., Multnomah County Case No. 19CV28636

This was a product liability tobacco case. Plaintiffs alleged that Defendant RJ Reynolds knowingly or recklessly made false representations concerning the health effects and addictive nature of their product and that Plaintiff Rickman reasonably relied upon those representations and developed cancer. Defendant disputed those claims. Defense Verdict.

MVA Trials

Harmon v. Janes, Multnomah County Case No. 18CV47913

Plaintiff Harmon alleged that Defendant Janes was driving a rental car eastbound on Sunnyside Road when he ran a red light and collided with the driver’s side of Plaintiff’s minivan. She alleged that she sustained musculoskeletal and neurological injuries. Defendant Janes admitted fault and that he ran the red light, and also admitted that Plaintiff sustained some injury in the collision. Plaintiff sought $250,000 for noneconomic damages. Verdict - $85,000.00.

Traylor v. Mitzel, Multnomah County Case No. 17CV10222

Defendant Mitzel was in vehicle behind Plaintiff Traylor in rush hour traffic and failed to stop when traffic forced Plaintiff to stop. Plaintiff Traylor alleged crash related injuries including a concussion with headaches, strain/sprain of the muscles, ligaments and structures of the neck, mid-back, and low-back, and a lumbar disc herniation requiring surgery.  Plaintiff Traylor sought $91,765.81  for past medical expenses, $25,000 for future medical expenses, and $360,000 for non-economic damages.   Defendant Mitzel admitted that he was negligent in causing the collision but denied that the crash caused any harm to Plaintiff and further disputed the nature and degree of Plaintiff’s injuries and damages. Verdict - $13,869.91.

Lawrence v. Jackson and  Lopez-Gallindo, Multnomah County Case No. 19CV19244

This was a disputed liability car crash trial in which Plaintiff Lawrence claimed the crash caused soft tissue injuries to his back and knee. He sought $10,000,00 in damages and legal fees pursuant to ORS 20.080. Verdict - $1,200.00. The court awarded $28,018.40 in legal fees.

Hall v. Graham, Multnomah County Case No. 19CV45050

This was a disputed liability car crash case in which Plaintiff Hall claimed sought multiple soft tissue injuries and sought $49,999.99 in damages. Defense Verdict.

Motorcycle Trials

Maclean v. Cook, Multnomah County Case No. 19CV36691

Plaintiff Maclean was driving his motorcycle southbound on Highway 97 in La Pine, Oregon when defendant Cook, who was driving the opposite direction, took a left turn into Plaintiffs lane causing a collision.  Plaintiff Maclean alleged that he suffered soft tissue injuries to his whole body, including strains, sprains; and severe headaches, dizziness, and nervousness, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. He sought $85,000 for non-economic damages. Defendant Cook admitted fault and that she caused some injury to Plaintiff but disputed the nature and extent of Plaintiff’s injuries and damages. Verdict - $2,500.00.

Other Trials

Shephard v. Loy Clark Pipeline Co., Multnomah county Case No. 18CV47339

This lawsuit arose from natural gas explosions that occurred in Northwest Portland, Oregon on October 19, 2016.  On the day of the incident, employees of Defendant Loy Clark Pipeline Co. were doing excavation work at the north corner of NW Glisan Street and NW 23rd Avenue. During the excavation work, they damaged a natural gas line.  Natural gas then began leaking out of that gas line and some of that gas made its way into the basement of a building adjacent to the excavated sidewalk through an underground route and eventually ignited. Defendant admitted that it was negligent in causing the explosions.  Plaintiff, Dr. Scott Shephard, owns and operates a chiropractic clinic, located on the corner of 23rd and Flanders.  At the time of the explosions, Dr. Shephard was inside a room of his chiropractic clinic. He alleged that the explosions caused him injury to his head, inner ear, chest, neck and back, including a brain injury and resulting cognitive damage. He sought $600,000 for past and future medical expenses, lost wages and impaired earnings capacity, and $5,000,000.00 for non-economic damages. Plaintiff also sought $10,000,000.00 for punitive damages.  Verdict - $232,500.00.

Denzer v. TRI-MET et al., Multnomah County Case No. 19CV19250

This was a nuisance case where two residents of an apartment complex brought suit against TRI-MET alleging that the defense's buses routinely idle near the apartment and produce toxic fumes which are discharged into the area of the apartment complex and has made them sick. The plaintiff's sought  $500,000.00 in damages. Defendant TRI-MET disputed all claims. Defense Verdict.

Lantern v. Cuniff, Multnomah County Case No. 20CV27653

Defendant Cuniff threw a cup of tobacco spit through the open window of Plaintiff's car and and struck her, covering her in spit. This all took place after a verbal confrontation between the two on the roadway regarding their differing political views. Plaintiff sought $2.5 Million in damages. Verdict - $7,500.00.

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