Oregon

K&M Files Lawsuit Over Dangerous Highway Ramp

The state of Oregon didn’t fix the on-ramp to Highway 217 despite a slew of wrecks caused by a defective metal joint, according to 15 motorists who are being represented by Kafoury & McDougal. The plaintiffs in the case all suffered injuries from accidents caused by the unsafe joint between April and June of 2014. The claims add up to … Continue reading

Judge Upholds $755K Award Against UO Police Chief

University of Oregon Police Chief Carolyn McDermed and two other managers 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 judge found. Jason Kafoury and Mark McDougal secured the $755,000 jury verdict in September for James Cleavenger, who claimed McDermed, Lt. … Continue reading

Sexual Abuse Charges Brought against Teachers at West Linn High School, Tualatin High School, and a Gresham Wrestling Coach.

Predatory sexual criminal allegations have been brought against two male high school teachers, each accused of sexually abusing students. At West Linn High School, Jonathan Michael Peachey, a teacher of English and Spanish, was arrested in Lake Oswego on September 29, 2015, on suspicion of third-degree sex abuse and furnishing alcohol to a minor. In addition to his teaching duties, … Continue reading

Former University of Oregon public safety officer awarded $755K

Today, a federal jury in Portland awarded $755,000 to James Cleavenger, a former public safety officer at the University of Oregon who claimed retaliation and loss of his law enforcement career at the hands of the University of Oregon Chief of Police and two commanders. The jury found that defendants Chief Carolyn McDermed, Lt. Brandon Lebrecht, and former Sgt. Scott … Continue reading

Eugene man sues Archdiocese of Portland

A 34-year-old Eugene man filed a lawsuit in Portland’s U.S. District Court that accuses Donald Durand, now 77, of sexually abusing him while the priest was posted to a parish in Silverton during the 1980s and 1990s. He is one of at least 11 men to formally accuse Durand. Read more: The Oregonian – Bryan Denson (9/19/2011)