Practice Area
First & Third Party / SIU
You Didn’t Start the Fire, but Does that Mean the Insurer has to Pay Out?
Legal Alert
From the desk of Melanie Rose: Oregon denies a plaintiff’s claim for breach of contract related to fire insurance and ultimately grants the insurance company’s motion for summary judgment. Claims Pointer: Here, a defendant insurance carrier investigated a claim related…
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Wednesday July 7, 2021 By: Melanie Rose
Washington’s Made Whole Doctrine Majorly Expanded
Legal Alert
From the desk of Josh Hayward: Washington’s Made Whole Doctrine establishes that a person with insurance must be fully reimbursed for their losses, or “made whole,” before the person’s insurance company can take from any third-party recovery proceeds to recoup…
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Wednesday December 9, 2020 By: Josh Hayward
4th and 10… An Improbable Comeback Win at the Washington Court of Appeals
Success Story
Claims Alleged: Appeal from Summary Judgment Dismissal of Adverse Possession and Prescriptive Easement Claims The Overview: Smith Freed Eberhard Partner, Ashley Nagrodski, and her associate achieved a compelling win for their clients in the Washington Court of Appeals when the court…
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Tuesday December 1, 2020 By: Ashley Nagrodski
Oregon Supreme Court Issues Final Determination – Oregon’s $500,000 Noneconomic Damages Cap is Gone, at Least for Those Not Gone.
Legal Alert
From the desk of Jeff Eberhard: Hear Ye Hear Ye! Read all about it. The Oregon Supreme Court has issued a landmark opinion addressing once and for all a topic of heated debate between Oregon’s plaintiff and defense bars. No…
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Monday August 17, 2020 By: Jeff Eberhard
When Good Lawyers go Bad: Washington Supreme Court Defines “Substantially Related” Within The Washington Rules of Professional Conduct
Legal Alert
It should come as no surprise that a lawyer is prohibited from representing a new client where that new client’s interests are adverse to the interests of a former client and the matters are closely related. From a business standpoint,…
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Wednesday August 12, 2020 By: Firm Authorship
Oregon Case Law Update: Oregon Supreme Court Limits Claims Based on Abuse of Vulnerable Persons
Legal Alert
Oregon Case Law Update: Oregon Supreme Court Limits Claims Based on Abuse of Vulnerable Persons From the desk of Bill Taaffe: Oregon’s statute on abuse of vulnerable persons (ORS 124.110)—here, elderly persons—provides plaintiffs with a claim against a person who wrongfully,…
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Wednesday February 14, 2018 By: William Taaffe
Recent Landmark Decisions on the Noneconomic Damages Cap in Oregon
Webinar
Watch The Recording Enter your email below to request more information on this webinar. > Join Smith Freed Eberhard Managing Partner Jeff Eberhard and Partner Bill Taaffe as they provide a historical overview of the statutory noneconomic damages cap and…
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Thursday January 11, 2018 By: Jeff Eberhard
Utilizing Probability Analysis in Claims Evaluation: A Systematic Approach
Webinar
Watch The Recording Enter your email below to request more information on this 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…
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Thursday May 4, 2017 By: Firm Authorship
Whose Fault is it Anyway?
Success Story
SFE Attorney: Cliff Wilson Plaintiff Attorney: Paul Galm City, Co., State: Washington County Circuit Court, Oregon Claims Alleged: Personal Injury and Property Damage Injuries Alleged: Soft Tissue Admitted Liability: No Amount Claimed: $16,505.53 The Overview Team Cliff Wilson recently won…
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Friday December 11, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
The Show Must Go On
Success Story
SFE Attorney: Cliff Wilson Claims Alleged: Automobile Accident Coverage Injuries Alleged: Automobile Damage and Medical Costs Amount Claimed: $20,000 ($10,000 each for two plaintiffs) The Overview Team Cliff Wilson has again prevailed in a convoluted ORS 20.080 arbitration. At arbitration,…
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Thursday July 9, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Turning Over a New Leaf
Success Story
SFE Attorneys: Ryan McLellan & Sean Conner Plaintiff Attorney: Travis Prestwich State & County: Oregon, Marion County Claims Alleged: Personal Injury Injuries Alleged: Wrongful Death Amount Claimed: $715,000 The Overview  Smith Freed Eberhard partner Ryan McLellan and (now) partner Sean…
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Thursday July 2, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan
Facebook Detective: Using Social Media to Debunk Exaggerated Claims
Success Story
Claims Alleged: Personal Injury Injuries Alleged: Back and Neck Injuries Amount Claimed: $25,000 The Overview A Smith Freed Eberhard attorney harnessed a plaintiff’s social media postings as evidence to prove the embellishment of his injuries following an automobile accident. Based…
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Tuesday June 23, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
Road Rage Rebuttal
Success Story
SFE Attorney: Jeff Eberhard Plaintiff Attorney: Ted Martin City, Co., State: Multnomah County Circuit Court, Oregon Claims Alleged: Personal Injury Injuries Alleged: Soft Tissue & PTSD Admitted Liability: No Amount Claimed: Excess of $1,000,000, including punitive damages The Overview Managing…
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Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Jeff Eberhard
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