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Wrongful Death
Washington Commercial Lines – Year in Review
Webinar
Smith Freed Eberhard partners Kyle Riley and Gordon Klug discuss significant cases of the past year in Washington, with a focus on commercial lines claims management. Why Watch This Webinar? This webinar is designed for claims professionals and provides a basic…
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Friday April 2, 2021 By: Kyle Riley
Can a School District Escape Liability for a Student’s Death?
Legal Alert
From the desk of Tom McCurdy: Last year the Washington Court of Appeals issued an opinion that addressed when a school district can be held liable for the injury or death of its students. The school district petitioned the Washington…
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Tuesday March 30, 2021 By: Thomas McCurdy
Killed While Committing a Felony – What Proof is Required to Escape a Wrongful Death Suit?
Legal Alert
From the desk of Thomas McCurdy: Washington provides a complete defense for personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits when the person injured (or killed) was committing a felony at the time of injury. But to be provided this defense, must…
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Wednesday March 17, 2021 By: Thomas McCurdy
Washington Court of Appeals Reverses Summary Judgment Ruling After Defining the Scope of Foreseeability and Causation in Negligence-Based Cases
Legal Alert
From the desk of Thomas McCurdy: Since our first days as law school students in torts class, the elements of negligence have held strong: duty, breach, causation, and damages. Without evidence to create a question of material fact as to each…
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Thursday April 9, 2020 By: Thomas McCurdy
Washington Statute Change: Washington Duck Boat Crash Leads to Wrongful Death Statute Change
Legal Alert
Washington Statute Change: Washington Duck Boat Crash Leads to Wrongful Death Statute Change From the desk of Tom McCurdy:  In 2015, a duck boat amphibious vehicle veered across several lanes of traffic in Seattle, crashing into a bus carrying foreign…
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Thursday May 2, 2019 By: Thomas McCurdy
The When, Where, Why, and How of Settlements Involving Minors, Estates, and Liens
Webinar
Smith Freed Eberhard Partner Cliff Wilson discusses settlements involving minors and settlements involving estates in Oregon and Washington. This presentation will offer an overview and general instruction on the process of wrongful death claim settlements and minor settlements by touching…
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Thursday April 4, 2019 By: Cliff Wilson
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
Washington Case Law Update: Policy Limit Settlement Exposes Insurer to Bad Faith Claim
Legal Alert
Washington Case Law Update: Policy Limit Settlement Exposes Insurer to Bad Faith Claim From the desk of Ashley Nagrodski:  Insurance policies are commonly structured to limit the insurer’s duty to defend up to the point when policy limits are exhausted. …
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Thursday September 6, 2018 By: Firm Authorship
Washington Case Law Update: Wrongful Death Claim Invalid After Survivorship Claim Against Same Defendants
Legal Alert
Washington Case Law Update: Wrongful Death Claim Invalid After Survivorship Claim Against Same Defendants From the desk of Kyle D. Riley: Washington’s wrongful death statute creates a cause of action for the beneficiaries of the deceased.  Where the deceased initially brought a…
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Thursday June 7, 2018 By: Kyle Riley
Minor Settlements and Wrongful Death in Oregon & Washington
Webinar
Smith Freed Eberhard Partner Cliff Wilson discusses minor settlements and wrongful death in Oregon and Washington. In this one hour presentation, Cliff will address the nuances of Oregon and Washington law on these issues, including: When court approval is required…
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Friday April 7, 2017 By: Cliff Wilson
Washington Case Law Update: Wrongful Death Claim Accrued Upon Murderer’s Conviction
Legal Alert
Wrongful Death Claim Accrued Upon Murderer’s Conviction From the Desk of Kyle D. Riley: Claims that are subject to a discovery rule do not accrue until the plaintiff knows or should have known of the facts that make up the…
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Thursday January 26, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Oregon Case Law Update: Oregon Expands Liability for Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress
Legal Alert
Oregon Case Law Update: Oregon Expands Liability for Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress From the desk of Jeff Eberhard: Since 1986, Oregon has followed the impact rule in claims for negligent infliction of emotional distress.  This rule prohibited recovery in…
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Thursday January 19, 2017 By: Jeff Eberhard
Washington Case Update: Wrongful Death Requires that Deceased Could Have Sued At Time of Death
Legal Alert
Wrongful Death Requires that Deceased Could Have Sued At Time of Death From the Desk of Kyle D. Riley: Washington law provides that a wrongful death action accrues at the time of death.  But when the deceased was aware of…
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Monday November 28, 2016 By: Kyle Riley
Oregon Case Law Update: When Does a Business have a Duty to Protect Patrons from Violence?
Legal Alert
    Oregon Case Law Update: When Does a Business have a Duty to Protect Patrons from Violence? From the desk of Jeff Eberhard: In this case, a teenage exchange student was waiting in line at an underage nightclub when…
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Tuesday September 13, 2016 By: Jeff Eberhard
Discovery in the Information Age – Using Technology and Data to More Effectively Defend and Settle Your Claims
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 claimsWhy email is a double-edged swordThe truth…
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Thursday July 21, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Washington Case Update: The Ability to Bring a Wrongful Death Claim in Washington
Legal Alert
From the desk of Kyle Riley: Does Washington recognize a common law wrongful death claim? Claims Pointer: No, Washington does not recognize a common law wrongful death claim. Therefore, the claimant must meet the criteria in the Washington wrongful death…
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Wednesday October 29, 2014 By: Kyle Riley
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