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Abusive Neurosurgeon Glenn Keiper Slapped With $1.4 Million Verdict

A Eugene spinal surgeon will have to pay for sexually harassing a former employee, after Kafoury & McDougal convinced a jury that the doctor’s abuse forced her to quit. Neurosurgeon Glenn Keiper inappropriately touched and sexually harassed Chere Bergstrom over the six years she worked for him as a scrub tech. The jury found neurosurgeon Keiper committed battery, sexual harassment … Continue reading

Jury awards $576,000 against Praxair for industrial site injury

A Portland Federal jury late Thursday unanimously returned a verdict of $576,456.83 in the case of Firestone v. Praxair, Inc. after a three day trial before Judge Papak. Mark McDougal and Jason Kafoury of Kafoury & McDougal represented Mr. Firestone. Defense counsel was Nicholas Wheeler from Cosgrave Vergeer Kester. Mr. Firestone was 29 at the time of the incident and … Continue reading

Paralyzed Agricultural Worker Wins $6.2 Million

On June 21, 2013 a Multnomah County jury found for the plaintiff Zeferino Vasquez, an agricultural worker, against Double Press Inc, the manufacturer of a hay bale slicer. In March of 2010, Mr. Vasquez (age 21) forgot to take the hay bale slicer out of automatic mode before he left the control panel and went to remove a jam in … Continue reading

Cayla Wilson’s “Landmark Recovery”: $9.3 million

On February 5, 2014, after three weeks of trial, Kafoury & McDougal settled the case of Cayla Wilson v. Clackamas County and the City of Portland for $9.3 million.  It was the largest injury settlement ever against any governmental entity in the State of Oregon. The settlement funds will be put into trust, and administered by a court-appointed conservator. Cayla … Continue reading

Jury Awards $1.62 Million Against Safeway Store for Slip and Fall

On the afternoon of May 13, 2016, a Portland jury issued a punishing verdict against a Safeway store in the case of an 85-year- old customer who suffered a fractured femur when he slipped on spilled liquid detergent that an assistant manager described as being “throughout the store.” was a regular shopper at the St. Helens Safeway store when he … Continue reading

$3.25 Million Verdict for Woman Abused By a Paramedic in an Ambulance

In a case that generated an enormous amount of media attention, Kafoury & McDougal represented Royshekka Herring in her case against AMR Ambulance Company where ambulance attendant Lannie Haszard sexually abused her on the way to the hospital. Haszard was the only one of 500 local AMR attendants who had ever received a complaint of sexual misconduct, and he had … Continue reading

Judge Upholds $755K Award Against University of Oregon Police Department

University of Oregon Police Chief Carolyn McDermed and two other command staff intentionally and maliciously harmed a young officer’s career after he spoke out about department policies allowing officers to carry Tasers and the department’s violations of laws, a federal jury found. Jason Kafoury and Mark McDougal won a $755,000 jury verdict in September 2015 for James Cleavenger, who claimed McDermed, Lt. … Continue reading

Jury grants $1 Million Verdict to Woman Fired for Telling the Truth

Pamela Settlegoode was fired from her teaching job in Portland in retaliation for having criticized the district’s treatment of students with serious disabilities. Like many whistleblowers, she sacrificed her career in order to bring the truth to light. We won a verdict of $1 million.

Washington County Jury Awards Nearly $1 Million to Whistleblower

In what was then the largest civil jury award in 30 years in Washington County, jurors in the courtroom of Judge Thomas Kohl awarded $970,000 to Michael Wright, a former employee of the Northwest Regional Education Service District. Greg and Jason Kafoury tried the case. The jury found that Wright was fired in retaliation for his advocacy for the rights … Continue reading