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Dram Shop & Tavern Keeper
Four Smith Freed Eberhard Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
Award & Recognition
Smith Freed Eberhard is proud to announce that 3 of our attorneys have been recognized as 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, Super Lawyers selects attorneys through a multi-phase selection process based on peer nominations, evaluations and independent…
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Thursday February 20, 2020 By: Firm Authorship
Top 10 Things to Know About Discovery in the Information Age
White Paper
  Whether or not you viewed our webinar, Discovery in the Information Age, you'll want to download our complimentary cheat sheet that summarizes the key takeaways from the webinar about how you can better use technology to more effectively defend…
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Tuesday November 26, 2019 By: Jeff Eberhard
Best Practices for the Investigation of Liquor Liability Claims
White Paper
Whether or not you viewed our webinar, Straight Up Truth – Liquor Liability and Litigation Strategies in Oregon, you'll want to download our complimentary best practices guide that gives you questions to ask when investigating liquor liability claims. It also…
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Tuesday November 26, 2019 By: Jeff Eberhard
Oregon Case Law Update: Disturbing Court of Appeals Decision Reversed – Oregon Supreme Court Reaffirms That Restaurants and Taverns Do Have Immunity For “First Party” Claims of Over-Service of Alcohol
Legal Alert
Oregon Case Law Update: Disturbing Court of Appeals Decision Reversed - Oregon Supreme Court Reaffirms That Restaurants and Taverns Do Have Immunity For “First Party” Claims of Over-Service of Alcohol. From the Desk of Jeff Eberhard: In 2017, the Oregon Court…
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Thursday April 4, 2019 By: Jeff Eberhard
2018 – Year In Review – Commercial Lines in Oregon
Webinar
Smith Freed Eberhard Partner Bill Taaffe discusses major cases of the past year in Oregon. In this one hour presentation, Bill focuses on the following cases: (OR) Case affecting the discoverability of physician-patient communications.(OR) Cases enforcing the complicity doctrine in…
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Thursday November 8, 2018 By: William Taaffe
Oregon Case Law Update: Court of Appeals Confirms Stance on Complicity Doctrine in Case Involving a Passenger Injured by Intoxicated Driver
Legal Alert
Court of Appeals Confirms Stance on Complicity Doctrine in Case Involving a Passenger Injured by Intoxicated Driver From the Desk of Jeff Eberhard: Recently, in Mason v. BCK Corporation, 292 Or App 580 (2018), the court held that an injured…
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Thursday August 30, 2018 By: Jeff Eberhard
Oregon Case Law Update: Court of Appeals Provides Insight on the Complicity Doctrine in Liquor Liability Suits
Legal Alert
Court of Appeals Enforces the Complicity Doctrine in Liquor Liability Suits: Holds Passenger May Not Sue Bar Claiming Over Service to Driver From the Desk of Jeff Eberhard: Claims against bars, taverns and even social hosts come in several varieties, one…
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Thursday August 9, 2018 By: Jeff Eberhard
Washington Case Law Update: Bar Owner Brings Suit against Police Alleging Harassment of Patrons and Staff
Legal Alert
Washington Case Law Update: Bar Owner Brings Suit against Police Alleging Harassment of Patrons and Staff From the desk of Kyle D. Riley: Taverns and bars are subject to routine inspections and monitoring by police officers and other government officials; however,…
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Thursday July 19, 2018 By: Kyle Riley
Oregon Appellate Update: Oregon Supreme Court Grants Review in Two Important Cases -Tort Cap and Dram Shop
Legal Alert
Oregon Appellate Update: Oregon Supreme Court Grants Review in Two Important Cases - Tort Cap and Dram Shop From the Desk of Jeff Eberhard: On November 1, 2017, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued two separate decisions, both of which have…
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Thursday May 24, 2018 By: Jeff Eberhard
Oregon Case Law Update: Patron Not Prohibited from Filing Third Party Complaint Against Alcohol Provider
Legal Alert
Oregon Case Law Update: Patron Not Prohibited from Filing Third Party Complaint Against Alcohol Provider From the Desk of Jeff Eberhard:  A few months ago, the Oregon Court of Appeals held that ORS 471.565(1), which prevents a patron who voluntarily…
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Wednesday April 18, 2018 By: Jeff Eberhard
Straight Up Truth – Liquor Liability and Litigation Strategies in Oregon
Webinar
Smith Freed Eberhard Managing Partner Jeff Eberhard and Partner Bill Taaffe discuss what you need to know about liquor liability in Oregon, including several Oregon Supreme Court decisions: How Oregon’s Dram Shop Statute Limits LiabilityImpact of New Court Opinions on Liquor…
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Friday September 9, 2016 By: Jeff Eberhard
Oregon Case Update: Social Host Liquor Liability: Dram Shop Limitations Apply to Party Host
Legal Alert
From the Desk of Jeff Eberhard: For a social host or tavern to be liable under Oregon’s Dram Shop statute for injuries resulting from a patron or guest consuming alcohol, the patron or guest must have been “served or provided”…
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Thursday May 12, 2016 By: Jeff Eberhard
OR Case Update: Oregon Supreme Court: Dram Shop Statute Intended to Limit – Not Expand – Liability
Legal Alert
From the desk of Jeff D. Eberhard: Approximately one year ago, we notified you of an important change to Oregon’s liquor liability law in the Oregon Court of Appeals’ decision in Deckard v. Bunch, 267 Or App 41 (2014). As…
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Thursday March 24, 2016 By: Jeff Eberhard
OR Case Update: Alcohol and Violence: Is Saying “That’s Just the Alcohol Talking” Enough to Prevail?
Legal Alert
From the desk of Jeffrey D. Eberhard: In a dram shop claim, the injured plaintiff sues the person or business who served alcohol to the person that harmed the plaintiff. In the following dram shop case, the Oregon Supreme Court…
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Thursday December 3, 2015 By: Jeff Eberhard
OR Case Update: No Prior Incident Required: Civil Liability for Criminal Acts of Third Parties (Part I)
Legal Alert
From the desk of Jeffrey D. Eberhard: It is a bedrock principle of premises liability law that businesses and individuals alike owe a duty to protect customers and guests from foreseeable harm, which may also include harm from foreseeable criminal…
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Thursday November 5, 2015 By: Jeff Eberhard
Oregon Case Update: Liquor Liability: The Great Debate about Alcohol and Violence
Legal Alert
From the desk of Jeff Eberhard: A recent Court of Appeals decision addressed one of the seminal issues for dram shop litigation: is it foreseeable to tavern owners that serving a visibly intoxicated person, who is a first time customer,…
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Friday June 20, 2014 By: Jeff Eberhard
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