Multnomah County

$10.4 Million Verdict for Injuries in 2016 NW 23rd Gas Explosion Case

On October 13, 2022, a Multnomah County jury awarded several million dollars to two people who suffered physical and emotional injuries in a 2016 gas explosion in Portland, and assessed punitive damages of $4.6 million against Loy Clark Pipeline Co. Both plaintiffs were represented by Greg Kafoury and Mark McDougal of Portland.   Firefighters responded after a natural gas explosion … Continue reading

Will Corporate Power Crush our Jury System?

Traditionally, Americans have been people who understood their rights and enforced them. Civil trials are much more than a means to resolve disputes, they are a great stage upon which we play out and renew our commitment to individual freedom, dignity and justice. The jury is the most democratic of our institutions; and it is where ordinary people have the … Continue reading

A Washington County Jury awards Nearly $1 Million to ESD Whistleblower.

In what may be the largest jury award in the history of Washington County, jurors in the courtroom of Judge Thomas Kohl on Wednesday night awarded $970,000 to Michael Wright, a former employee of the Northwest Regional ESD. Mr. Wright was represented by Jason and Gregory Kafoury of Kafoury & McDougal. The jury found that Wright was fired in retaliation … Continue reading

Mid-Columbia Medical Center: Hospital Sued for Ignoring Sex Abuse by Anesthesiologist

We represent seven women on claims that they were sexually abused by Frederick Field, M.D., an anesthesiologist at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. Nineteen women have accused Dr. Field of molestation, and he has been indicted on charges involving 12 women. Our complaints allege that the highest-level officials at MCMC, including CEO Duane Francis and VP of Operations Diane … Continue reading

Fired ESD Teacher Files $2 Million Lawsuit

A former special education teacher at the Northwest Regional Education Service District has filed a $2 million lawsuit against his former employer. Michael Wright, who taught blind students, lost his job last September after officials said his teaching license had expired and he failed to renew it. Wright’s lawsuit, filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, claims the district retaliated against him for … Continue reading

Video Shows Innocent Student being Brutalized by Portland Policeman

College student Jason Elgin and a female friend fell asleep at their booth at Denny’s, exhausted from mid-term exams. To rouse him from slumber, Portland Police Officer Kevin Tully tossed Elgin to the floor, then zapped him twice with his taser, handcuffed him, and took him to jail. Staff and customers testified that Officer Tully’s description of the incident was … Continue reading

AMR is “Rogue of the Week”

The Willamette Week announced that American Medical Response (AMR) was their “Rogue of the Week” for “Sticking it to Sick People” in Multnomah County.  AMR had the “audacity” (in the midst of high unemployment)  to ask Multnomah County recently for a 12% rate increase in the fees they charge patients for ambulance transports.  What the WW didn’t mention was Emergency Medical … Continue reading