Author: K&M Staff

Lawsuit: Portland Police Officer, Demoted to Desk Duty after Record Brutality Jury Verdict, Sexually Harassed Female Employee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 29, 2020 PRESS PACKET Today, the Portland law office of Kafoury & McDougal filed a complaint for sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation on behalf of a former Portland Police Background Investigator. In 2014, a Portland jury awarded the largest police excessive force verdict in city history—$562,000—to Jason Cox after he was savagely beaten by Portland Police … Continue reading

Central Oregon Community College Agrees to Pay $2,000,000 for its Role in the Death of Kaylee Sawyer

On July 24, 2016, twenty-three-year-old Central Oregon Community College (COCC) student Kaylee Sawyer was assaulted and murdered by a Campus Public Safety Officer. This tragedy was not unforeseeable. In years prior, students, professors, and Bend Police Chief Jim Porter told COCC administration that COCC’s Campus Public Safety Department was acting outside of their legal authority and stated tragic events could … Continue reading

Sheriff Pins 12-year-old African American to Ground with Knee on Neck; College Student Shot with Rubber Bullet, Thrown to Ground & Wrist Shattered Fleeing Police Attack on Protestors (Press Release)

Sheriff Pins 12-year-old African American to Ground with Knee on Neck Portland law firm Kafoury & McDougal today filed two police brutality cases. 12-year-old Ka’Mar Benbo was arrested at Clackamas Town Center by Clackamas County Sheriffs. The sheriffs were responding to a call that some teenage girls had been involved in a fight. As he was leaving the mall with … Continue reading

Racist Comments to Elementary Students: The Spencer Family Responds to the Incident (Press Release)

Yesterday, North Clackamas School District released a fundamentally misleading statement about the racist comments made by a staffer to a group of fifth grade students. Through their attorneys, Kafoury & McDougal of Portland, the family of Jasmyn Spencer wishes to correct the record by providing the following timeline: 1. On Friday, May 31, 2019, an instructional assistant at Linwood Elementary … Continue reading

Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Rights of Injured, Undocumented Workers

In April 2019, the Oregon Supreme Court voiced their support for workers injured on the job. In Vasquez v. Double Press Mfg., Inc., the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that ORS 31.710(1), a statute that caps the non-economic damages that a plaintiff can receive from a liable defendant at $500,000, does not apply to “third-party claims [brought] by or on behalf … Continue reading

The K&M Archives: Trial jury docks Portland neurosurgeon $1 million for ramming his Mercedes-Benz into an airport attendant writing him a parking ticket

> March 12, 1997 It wasn’t high noon when the highly paid neurosurgeon faced off with the airport parking worker. It was more like 10 P.M. But for a few tense minutes on Aug. 31, 1995, their showdown outside the Portland International Airport terminal seemed as dramatic as the Old West. On one side, in his sleek Mercedes-Benz coupe, sat … Continue reading