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Police Brutality: Largest Verdict in Portland History

Today, the Portland City Council unanimously approved a $250,000 settlement for a former Portland Police Background Investigator after she was sexually harassed, discriminated, and retaliated against by former Portland Police Officer Robert Bruders. In 2014, a Portland jury awarded the largest police excessive force verdict in Multnomah County history—$562,000—to Jason Cox after he was savagely beaten by three Portland Police … Continue reading

Lawsuit: Black Portland Dad Hit with Baton by White Portland Homicide Detective

Elijah Warren, a Black father, filed a lawsuit today against the City of Portland and Detective Erik Kammerer. The Portland law firm of Kafoury & McDougal filed the suit with two claims: civil battery and negligence. On September 5, Mr. Warren was inside his home in Southeast Portland on the 100th night of Portland’s Civil Rights Summer of 2020. Outside, Portland … Continue reading

We are Fighting for You During COVID-19.

At Kafoury & McDougal, we are doing our part to help curb the spread of the global pandemic. Although Oregon courts are closed, our office is still open. The K&M team is fighting for our current clients and taking on new clients, too. We’re working remotely to settle cases, and our team is socially distancing to help keep our community … Continue reading

‘Shopping while Black’: Walmart ordered to pay Portland area man $4.4M for summoning police on bogus charges

  A Multnomah County jury has slapped Walmart with $4.4 million in damages after a Portland area man said in a lawsuit that a theft prevention employee racially profiled him for “shopping while Black” and tried to have him jailed on bogus charges. Michael Mangum said he felt “disrespected and embarrassed” after a worker at the Wood Village Walmart began … Continue reading

Largest Race Discrimination Verdict in Oregon History

  $4.4 Million Verdict Against Walmart in “Shopping While Black” Case; Company Ignored Police Warnings Regarding Security Employee’s “Pattern of False Reports” Watch on Youtube: Law&Crime On Friday, August 19, 2022, a Multnomah County jury awarded $400,000 in non-economic damages and $4 million in punitive damages against Walmart. On March 26, 2020, Michael Mangum, then 59, went to a nearby Walmart … Continue reading

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

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 against Hays. From 2005 to 2009, … 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 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

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

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 by the Portland, Oregon, firm of Kafoury & McDougal and the Chicago, Illinois, firm of Romanucci & Blandin. ‘Do … Continue reading