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Should our children’s school bus have seat belts?
Thursday, December 29th, 2016

In the wake of the Chattanooga school bus crash, should we consider installing seat belts on school buses?   Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, a school bus crashed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing six elementary students and injuring over a dozen more. The school bus driver, Johnthony Walker, has been charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment […]

Potential Class Action Following Yahoo Security Breach
Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

A proposed class action law suit filed in California claims that Yahoo! Inc. permitted hackers to access their users’ personal information and failed to warn users of the security breach. This news comes after Yahoo’s release last week that a security breach in August 2013 may have affected more than 1 billion users, making it […]

Spotting a Foodborne Illness
Friday, November 4th, 2016

Earlier this month, health officials warned that shoppers at a Costco store in Lynwood, Washington had become sick after consuming the rotisserie chicken salad. In this blog we’ll dive into some of the details of foodborne illness and considerations for bringing a case after consuming a contaminated product. It seems like every month there is […]

Portland Restaurateur Seeks Nine Million In Lawsuit
Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Ramzy Hattar, Co-Owner and Investor of Largo, Portland’s popular sandwich chain, filed a $9 million lawsuit against his business partners, Kurt Huffman and Rick Gencarelli, claiming they conspired to divert funds without Hattar’s knowledge, and engaged in other financial improprieties that caused him monetary damage. This is actually the second action filed by Hattar against […]

Harney County Judge Steven Gratsy Says “I Will Not Resign”
Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Steven Grasty, the Harney County Judge who assisted the county through the 41-day armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, is now facing recall after a recent petition. “Judge Gratsy and other county officials have prevented [US Citizens] the same privileges and rights that he and other officials use and exercise themselves” claims the […]

Oregon Girls’ Softball Team Files Lawsuit Against School District, Alleges Title IX Equality Concerns
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

An Oregon High School Softball Team is suing the local school district over Title IX equality concerns, claiming that it failed to provide equal facilities to female athletes when compared with those facilities provided to the boys’ baseball team. The entire roster of the Lake Oswego High School softball team, ages 14 to 18, were […]

Former Portland Electrician Sues City For $800,000
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Heather Kowitz, a former Portland electrician, just filed a massive federal lawsuit against the city, claiming that she was fired and discriminated against for her sexual orientation, citing the perceived disability and unlawful employment practices she experienced while employed with the city. Kowitz believes that her bosses believed she was mentally impaired, and the victim […]

Woman Breaks Foot, Sues Portland Over Pothole
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

In a lawsuit filed Friday, April 29th, Emily Allgood alleged that she fell and broke her foot in a pothole on a downtown Portland street, claiming $49,999 in damages against the city. Allgood faults the city of Portland for failing to patch up the pothole, a claim with which many in Portland would likely agree […]

California DMV says it’s time to license undocumented immigrant drivers
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Unlicensed drivers are three times more likely than licensed drivers to cause a deadly car crash. This is one of the conclusions of a newly-released study on fatal crash rates. Researchers looked at 20 years of data on car accident deaths in California, and concluded that the state should reverse current policy, and allow undocumented […]

Personal attacks on injured people
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

I have been thinking about an editorial in Washington’s Herald. The writer, Scott North, discusses a couple of recent court cases the paper reported on, and how “immediate, bitter and personal attacks in the reader comments on HeraldNet” pushed a Washington family to drop a claim for damages after their son was injured in a […]