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Award & Recognition
Smith Freed Eberhard is proud to announce that 8 of our attorneys were selected to the 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Each year, Super Lawyers selects attorneys through a multi-phase selection process based on peer nominations, evaluations and independent research. Only 5% of the total lawyers in each state are selected to this list. Congratulations to the following…
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Monday December 30, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Webinar
Smith Freed Eberhard Partner Josh Hayward as he discusses utilizing decision trees and probability analysis to evaluate claims. In this one hour presentation will discuss the methods and advantages to utilizing decision trees to evaluate claims, including: What decision trees are and how they can improve your claims evaluations; The advantages of utilizing decision trees; and How decision trees can improve…
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Thursday May 4, 2017 By: Josh Hayward
Legal Alert
Employment Update: FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked Until May 2017 From the desk of John M. Kreutzer: Days before it was to take effect, a federal district court judge in Texas blocked the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing its new overtime rule.  The court issued an injunction prohibiting the rule’s implementation and enforcement, which would have doubled the minimum salary level…
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Wednesday February 22, 2017 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert
  Employment Update: Watch Your Back - EEOC Updates Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation From the desk of John M. Kreutzer: For the first time since 1998, the EEOC has issued enforcement guidance on what it considers workplace retaliation. The new Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues provides guidance to employers on how to reduce the likelihood of a retaliation claim.…
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Wednesday September 28, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert
  Employment Update: Marijuana Still Schedule 1 From the desk of John M. Kreutzer: On August 11, 2016, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) denied two petitions to reschedule marijuana to remove it from Schedule I - entirely illegal - of the Controlled Substances Act. Therefore, marijuana remains an illegal drug under federal law, and employers do not have to make…
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Thursday September 22, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert
  Employment Update: Put ‘em Up - US DOL Mandatory Posters From the desk of John M. Kreutzer: On August 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued a mandate requiring that all employers display the new Federal Minimum Wage and Polygraph Protection posters. Recently, both the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Employee Polygraph…
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Monday September 12, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Webinar
Smith Freed Eberhard Partner Bill Taaffe demonstrates how you can use technology and data to more effectively defend and settle your claims. Bill discusses: How to leverage social media to uncover and undermine claims Why email is a double-edged sword The truth about cell phone data and what types of data are practical and available for use How electronic discovery…
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Thursday July 21, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert
  From the Desk of John Kreutzer: The US Department of Labor recently updated the regulations governing the exemption of executive, administrative, and professional employees from the minimum wage and overtime pay protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). This exemption from the FLSA is sometimes referred to as the "white collar" exemption.  For this exemption to apply: (1)…
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Thursday July 7, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Webinar
Smith Freed & Eberhard Partner, Kyle Riley, will take attendees through the mandatory arbitration process and provide insight as to how to strategically structure your case in Washington. Mandatory Arbitration (MAR) can be a complex aspect in any litigation strategy. Strategic decisions must continually be made from the beginning of the process, up until trial (if necessary.) Making the wrong…
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Wednesday August 12, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Webinar
In this one hour presentation Smith Freed & Eberhard Partners Josh Hayward and Tom McCurdy will review the cases from 2014 that have had the biggest impact on Washington law. Josh and Tom traverses the opinions of trial courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court to help claims professionals determine the value of different decisions that impact the…
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Wednesday August 12, 2015 By: Josh Hayward
Webinar
Senate Bill (SB) 411, which was signed into law by Oregon’s Governor, significantly impacts automotive insurance carriers by expanding UM/UIM motorist and PIP coverage. Adjusters and underwriters should be aware of the new law and how the changes will expand the level of coverage for UM/UIM and PIP policies. These changes will potentially lead to increased payments. This is a…
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Thursday June 25, 2015 By: Josh Hayward
Webinar
The majority of legal claims filed in civil court do not reach the trial stage and many informal settlements take place before any lawsuit is filed. It's important that claims professionals understand how to engage in good faith settlement negotiations while still understanding the traps and pitfalls to avoid. Partners, Cliff Wilson and Ryan McLellan of Smith Freed & Eberhard,…
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Wednesday August 27, 2014 By: Ryan McLellan
Legal Alert
From the desk of Jeff Eberhard: Establishing a cause and effect relationship for a medical diagnosis can be extremely difficult, many times resulting in the use of expert testimony that fails to identify the sole cause of a medical condition. A recent Ninth Circuit opinion analyzes whether a medical expert’s testimony relating to a substantial cause of a medical condition…
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Wednesday May 7, 2014 By: Jeff Eberhard
Legal Alert
From the desk of Jeff Eberhard:  Establishing a cause and effect relationship for a medical diagnosis can be extremely difficult, many times resulting in the use of expert testimony that fails to identify the sole cause of a medical condition.  A recent Ninth Circuit opinion analyzes whether a medical expert's testimony relating to a substantial cause of a medical condition…
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Wednesday May 7, 2014 By: Jeff Eberhard
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Kyle Riley: In this case, the United States District Court for the District of Washington held that a plaintiff seeking damages under the Washington Insurance Fair Conduct Act may recover policy benefits as actual damages. Claims Pointer: Insurers should be aware that a plaintiff who files a claim to recover unpaid policy benefits, under IFCA, may…
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Wednesday May 1, 2013 By: Kyle Riley
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