November 2011 Archives

Washington Limits Private Party Superfund Recovery

If you are considering taking steps to clean up a contaminated site, or if you have questions regarding a hazardous waste site that you own or may be liable for, it is wise to seek legal counsel before doing so. At Chenoweth Law Group, our Environmental Practice Group can help you navigate the complexities of Superfund clean-ups, including the additional wrinkle created by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington's holding in Iron Partners LLC v. Maritime Administration, et al., 2011 WL 4502139 (W.D.Wash. Sept. 28, 2011).

Injured passengers sue owner of stolen car they rode in

A recent news story about an incident in Oregon highlights the complexity of some personal injury cases. The incident began when an 89-year-old Oregon man returned home from shopping to discover that someone had stolen his 1991 Thunderbird. The driver, a 35-year-old man who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, was carrying two passengers when he stole the vehicle.

Court reintroduces Oregon shooting case to court

A federal appeals court has overturned a decision made by a judge in a U.S. District Court ruling that the case of an Oregon teenager shot by local police be thrown out. The civil litigation has been reintroduced into a district court in Portland where a jury will decide who was at fault.

Former foster children win litigation against Oregon

Lawyers proved in court that Oregon's Department of Human Services failed to protect children who were formerly in foster care, and now the department is paying for its negligence. Representatives for a boy, now 10 years old, were successful in the civil suit against the state. As a result, the boy was awarded $2 million by a Multnomah County jury.

Guardian sues school districts for teacher's sexual abuse

The guardian of a 15-year-old girl has introduced litigation against two Oregon school districts for failing to keep the student safe from a teacher now convicted of sexual abuse. The civil suit targets both the Eugene and Springfield school districts and is asking for $18.6 million for economic and psychological damages sustained in the incident.

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