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Kafoury & McDougal File Four “Shopping While Black” Lawsuits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2020 For further information contact: Jason Kafoury: 202-465-2764 (c) Gregory Kafoury: 971-563-4139 (c) A video of Dominique DeWeese being refused service at Jay’s Garage went viral about two months ago. DeWeese was trying to buy gas in a container to put into his lawnmower. The employee wouldn’t sell DeWeese gas because he said he was … Continue reading

Police Brutality at Protests Shows Portland Needs 26-217

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2020 For further information contact: Jason Kafoury (202)-465-2764 Gregory Kafoury (971)-563-4139 When you pay your taxes, how do you imagine those dollars work for you?  Paving over a pothole?  Fixing up the neighborhood firehouse?  Opening a new bed at a shelter? Of course, there’s another unproductive place your taxes will be going: paying victims of … Continue reading

Fourth Victim Alleges Sex Abuse by Former Deep Creek Elementary Principal Jeff Hays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 18, 2020 Today, the law office of Kafoury & McDougal filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former student of Deep Creek Elementary against the Gresham-Barlow School District, alleging that he was sexually abused as a child by principal Jeff Hays. Under pseudonym, K.A., is the fourth victim to come forward with claims of sexual abuse … Continue reading

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 29, 2020 For further information contact: Jason Kafoury (202) 465-2764 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 … Continue reading

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2020 For Further Information Contact Jason Kafoury (202-465-2764) or Tim Williams (541-410-6082) 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 … Continue reading

Chicago Hilton Palmer House Hotel Discriminates Against Distinguished African American Artist; Employee Says Professor, “Looked Like a Pickpocket,” Complaint Claims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 21, 2020 For further information, contact Jason Kafoury at (202) 465-2764 or Jennifer McGuffin, jmcguffin@rblaw.net or (630) 842-8143 PRESS PACKET OF OTHER HILTON DISCRIMINATION CASES CHICAGO (July 21, 2020) – Arnold J. Kemp, an internationally acclaimed artist and professor, filed an administrative discrimination complaint today against Hilton and the historic Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. The complaint was filed … Continue reading

Team Doctors Ended Career of Portland Timbers Goalie with Botched Surgeries, Infections, Lawsuit Claims (Press Release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 6, 2020 For further information contact: Jason Kafoury (202) 465-2764 and Greg Kafoury (971) 563-4139 PRESS PACKET Jake Gleeson, former goalkeeper for the Portland Timbers, MLS Cup winner, and Olympian, filed suit today against Sports Medicine Oregon, team doctors for the Portland Timbers, claiming it ended Jake’s soccer career through surgical mistakes. The lawsuit was filed … Continue reading

Hampton Inn Employee Calls Police on African American Family of Civil Rights Pioneer (Press Release)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 2, 2020 Kafoury & McDougal and Cheyenne N. Chambers of Tin, Fulton, Walker & Owen filed suit today against Hilton for an incident of discrimination against Black guests at the Hampton Inn & Suites I-95 in Wilson, North Carolina. This filing comes days after an employee of another North Carolina Hampton Inn & Suites—both Hilton franchises—called … Continue reading

Washington County awards $625K settlement to Albert Molina, man assaulted by deputy (OregonLive)

By Jayati Ramakrishnan and Maxine Bernstein  The Washington County board of commissioners voted Tuesday to authorize a $625,000 payout to settle a lawsuit brought by a former inmate whose skull was fractured in what appears to have been an unprovoked attack by a county sheriff’s deputy in the jail’s booking area in 2018. In a prepared statement, the board condemned Washington … 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)

June 18, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE 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 … Continue reading