Police abuse

$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

A tough loss

On September 21, 2011, Morgan Harty was pulled over for not wearing her seatbelt. Officer Thorsen asked my client to take a field sobriety test, and she refused, as she had a legal right to do. She offered instead to take a breathalyzer. Officer Thorsen called for cover and Officer Villanti arrived at the scene. Thorsen told Villanti that Ms. … Continue reading

Police Brutality Victims awarded $175,000.

In a case which received daily television coverage, and major coverage in The Oregonian, as well as a column by Steve Duin, three African American men successfully sued the City of Portland, alleging false arrest and brutality on the part of Portland Police. Alex Clay, Harold Hammick, and Ri’Chard Booth were about to leave the fourth floor of a parking … Continue reading