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Aug 29, 2018

Sovereign Immunity – A License for Abuse?

At what point is it no longer appropriate for government officials to hide behind sovereign immunity in order to get away with committing crimes?  Check out a recent abuse of power story involving Alabama sheriffs pocketing funds earmarked to feed inmates leaving inmates underfed and/or fed unfit food.

What is sovereign immunity?

“Sovereign immunity is a legal doctrine that protects a sovereign body (ie, the federal or state government and their respective agencies) from being … Read more

Jun 8, 2018

Even the Largest Rabbit May Not Be Worth Much Dead

RabbitHave you ever wondered how big is a really big rabbit?  Apparently, a really big rabbit is really big as an Iowa case now pending in federal court has brought to light.  In that case the plaintiffs are claiming damages for the death of Simon, a 10-month-old rabbit that had already grown to more than 3 feet in length.  The story of both the litigation and Simon are most recently linked here.

However, Simon … Read more

Mar 26, 2018

What is the Difference Between Mediation and Arbitration?

One of the primary roles attorneys play in cases is the role of negotiator and problem solver. Many people not in the legal field do not understand the difference between mediation and arbitration.

The simplest answer is that mediation is a voluntary meeting of the parties involved in a case to reach an agreement. The main point of mediation is to settle differences in a way that both sides find acceptable.  Some contracts, such as … Read more

Jan 24, 2018

Is Tort Reform Fake News?

Fake newsDID YOU KNOW?

While much of the American public cries out for tort reform, only 0.002% of Americans filed tort lawsuits in 2015 compared to 0.01% in 1993; however, in November 2016, 87% of voters thought that too many lawsuits were filed in America according to this Wall Street Journal article. Fake news, anyone?

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Jul 27, 2017

OxyContin and Other Prescription Painkillers: Following the Tobacco Lawsuits Model?

Spilled prescription pills“Recently my advertising agency ended a long relationship with Lucky Strike cigarettes, and I’m relieved.” – Don Draper, “Mad Men”.

Like Don Draper “quitting” cigarettes, more lawmakers and health researchers are ready to fight the makers of OxyContin and other opioid painkillers.

In January 2017, the City of Everett, Washington filed a lawsuit against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma.  Purdue Pharma filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, and the court’s decision might come … Read more

Dec 2, 2015

Stay off the Tracks! What is the Difference Between Proper and Improper Parallel Proceedings?

“Department policy is that criminal prosecutors and civil trial counsel should timely communicate, coordinate, and cooperate with one another and agency attorneys to the fullest extent appropriate to the case and permissible by law, whenever an alleged offense or violation of federal law gives rise to the potential for criminal, civil, regulatory, and/or agency administrative parallel (simultaneous or successive) proceedings.” Memorandum from the Attorney General of the United States. January 30, 2012.

“To be parallel, … Read more

Aug 12, 2015

Anti-SLAPP Statutes: Now Held Invalid in Washington and should be Invalidated in Oregon

In Davis v. Cox, 183 Wn.2d 269 (2015), the Washington Supreme Court held that Washington’s Anti-SLAPP Law, RCW 4.24.525, violated the state constitutional right to jury trial of civil cases and the First Amendment right to petition government under the United States Constitution. As this note will briefly show, the court’s rationale in Davis for invalidating the Washington law is equally applicable to the analogous Oregon Anti-SLAPP Law.

Summary of the Washington and Oregon Anti-SLAPP Read more