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Violation of the Oregon Insurance Code Sufficient to Give Rise to First-Party Claim for Emotional Distress Damages
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Melanie Rose: Historically, Oregon courts have limited first-party insurance cases to claims sounding in contract, largely rejecting tort claims in first-party cases absent a special relationship between the carrier and insured that was separate and distinct…
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Wednesday June 5, 2024 By: Melanie Rose
Plaintiff’s Preexisting Medical Condition Does Not Always Require The “Substantial Factor” Jury Instruction
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From the Desk of Josh Hayward: Multiple potential causes exist in many negligence cases. A defendant might argue, for example, that a plaintiff’s alleged injury was caused by the plaintiff’s preexisting condition, and not the defendant’s negligence. Jury instructions can…
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Thursday February 22, 2024 By: Josh Hayward
Negligent Claims Handling & Extracontractual Damages
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Join Smith Freed Eberhard Partners Melanie Rose and Cliff Wilson as they discuss one of the most significant cases relating to Oregon Insurance law in recent memory, Moody v. Oregon Community Credit Union. This case, which has now been upheld…
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Wednesday February 14, 2024 By: Firm Authorship
Can a Medical Professional be Liable to a Patient’s Caregiver?
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Melanie Gillette: A medical professional owes a duty of care to their patients, but can a medical professional be liable for physical injuries to a third party who is not their patient? Read on for more……
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Tuesday October 10, 2023 By: Melanie Gillette
Plead it or Weep: You Can’t Assert a New Theory of Liability in Response to a Motion for Summary Judgment
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Josh Hayward: A motion for summary judgment can be defeated with a showing of a genuine issue of material fact. But can a party bring up new theories of liability—not asserted in the pleadings—in a response…
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Thursday May 18, 2023 By: Josh Hayward
The Action Accrues at Breach: The Oregon Court of Appeals Refuses to Apply the Discovery Rule to Breach of Contract Cases
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Mike Staskiews:  In this recent Oregon Court of Appeals case, the Court addressed what seemed to be a split among two lines of case law regarding when the statute of limitations “accrues” in certain breach of…
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Friday April 14, 2023 By: Michael Staskiews
Personal Lines in Oregon and Washington: 2022 Year in Review
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Join Smith Freed Eberhard partners, Cliff Wilson and Josh Hayward, as they provide a basic overview of Oregon and Washington personal lines cases in 2022 including recent developments and real-world examples. Watch The Recording Watch The Recording Tuesday, April 18th…
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Wednesday April 5, 2023 By: Firm Authorship
Oregon Court of Appeals Rules Special Relationship Required for Purely “Psychic Damages” in Negligence Claims
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Melanie Rose: Recently, the Oregon Court of Appeals was asked to clarify when a plaintiff may recover noneconomic damages in a negligence case when the Plaintiff did not suffer a physical injury. Claims Pointer: In this…
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Wednesday February 1, 2023 By: Melanie Rose
Of Horse and Man: Can a Malnourished Horse Sue Its Owner?
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Josh Hayward: Oregon’s animal welfare laws are some of the most protective statutes in the nation. However, despite the very animal-friendly regulations, Oregon has never recognized an animal as a legal entity with the capacity to…
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Friday January 13, 2023 By: Josh Hayward
You’ve Got Mail: Don’t Miss Your Deadlines Because You are Waiting for Mail
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Joshua Hayward: After a mandatory, non-binding arbitration, if a party wants to appeal the arbitrator’s decision, they must file an appeal within 20 days after the arbitrator enters their decision and award with the Court. But…
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Monday October 24, 2022 By: Josh Hayward
By Failing to Fully Admit Liability, The Door to Distracted Driving Evidence (Cell Phone Use), May Be Opened
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Jeff Eberhard:   Can a defendant admit “responsibility” for “causing the accident” and keep out the fact she was on her cell phone at the time? What if Plaintiff alleges that Defendant who caused a rear-end…
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Monday October 10, 2022 By: Jeff Eberhard
Oregon’s Wrongful Death Statute and ORCP 44C: Who is a “Party”?
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Melanie Rose: ORCP 44C acts as an exception to the doctor-patient privilege that otherwise might protect certain medical records from disclosure. It requires a “Claimant” to produce all medical records “relating to the injuries for which…
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Thursday September 8, 2022 By: Melanie Rose
Schools Are Held to A Higher Standard of Duty When It Comes to the Safety of Students, But Plaintiffs Must Still Prove That Risk of Harm was Foreseeable
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Cliff J. Wilson:   School districts have a heightened duty to keep children in their care safe. This heightened duty creates a liability exposure for the school district if a student suffers from a foreseeable risk of…
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Thursday August 25, 2022 By: Cliff Wilson
Savings Clauses as Life Savers: How to Resuscitate a Contract
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Josh Hayward:   Agreements to Arbitrate are common in contracts, as arbitration is often favored over more expensive litigation. Often, one of the two parties to the contract do not want to be bound by the…
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Tuesday August 16, 2022 By: Josh Hayward
Straight Up: Liquor Liability and Litigation Strategies in Oregon
Webinar
Join Smith Freed Eberhard managing partner Jeff Eberhard and partner Bill Taaffe as they provide a basic overview of significant Dram Shop claims in Oregon and revised OR Statutes. Watch The Recording Watch The Recording Why Watch This Webinar? Oregon’s…
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Monday August 1, 2022 By: Jeff Eberhard
Claiming an Incorrect PIP Offset Does Not Bring a UM Insurer Out of ORS 742.061(3) “Safe Harbor”
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Cliff Wilson:  Oregon Courts will deny a claim for attorney fees under ORS 742.061 in UM/UIM claims if the insurer timely accepts coverage and consents to binding arbitration on the issues of liability and the amount…
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Friday July 22, 2022 By: Cliff Wilson
A Sigh of Relief from Oregon Landlords as Oregon Court of Appeals Determines a Tenant Cannot Receive “Per Violation” Damages
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Sean K. Conner: In recent years, the measure of damages recoverable under the Oregon Residential Landlord Tenant Act’s utility billing provisions has been a hot topic at the trial-court level, with courts issuing many conflicting opinions…
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Wednesday July 20, 2022 By: Sean Conner
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