Oregon Supreme Court Reaffirms Philip Morris Verdict

In 1999, an Oregon jury awarded the Estate of Jesse Williams $521,000 in actual damages and $79.5 million in punitive damages intended to punish the company for wrongdoing. Jesse Williams began smoking in the 1950’s while in the Army and died in 1997, six months after being diagnosed with lung cancer. The verdict was appealed… read more

Appellate Date Set in Lingual Nerve Injury Case

In June 2006, Jane Paulson obtained a jury verdict for her client for $600,000 — the full amount she asked the jury for. Our client’s lingual nerve was injured when Willamette Dental had a periodontist remove his wisdom teeth. Due to the injury our client had numbness on 1/2 of his tongue, no sensation to… read more

Insurance Bad Faith in Oregon

Addendum: Eastwood v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company INTRODUCTION While preparing for a “bad faith” trial recently against American Family, Bill Barton was kind enough to share his original article relating to litigation against insurance carriers, and also reviewed records and met with me on several occasions to help reduce a factually complicated case into… read more

Recall of Children’s Vaccine

Merck & Co. has recalled a pediatric vaccine commonly used against Hib, a cause of meningitis, pneumonia, and other diseases and infections. The vaccine is provided in a series of shots generally beginning within the 1st two months of life. The vaccines were recalled because of a problem with sterilization. While Merck claims that there… read more

Ford Recalls Due to Product Defects

Ford Motor Company recently announced a recall of 1.17 million trucks, suv’s and vans due to defective sensors in the vehicles engines which caused stalling. The recall applies to vehicles manufactured from 1997-2003 model years which are equipped with 7.3 liter diesel engines. Models include the E-series vans, Excursions, and F450 and F 550 Super… read more