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Husband who saw wife die after tree crashes into house sues neighbors for $3.1M

The Oregonian

Dennis Elleson's lawsuit states that less than a year before his wife's death, he'd text messaged the neighbors asking that they remove the tree that grew on the edge of the neighbors' property because he feared it would fall onto his house.

The suit also states that Elleson spoke with the neighbors at least four times in the months leading up to the fatal incident, telling them the tree was lopsided and they needed to cut it down.>>Read more


Cyclist sues after Uber, private insurance fail to cover crash.

The Oregonian

Pavenko was cited for improper opening of a door. [...] Police recorded Pavenko's personal auto insurance information, but Root's attorney, Michael Colbach, said Pavenko's insurer wouldn't cover the liability because Pavenko was driving for hire at the time. >>Read more


$667,000 for injured cyclist.

My client's final offer before trial was $130,000. At trial, the Jury awarded $667,000.

Portland's Willamette Week Newspaper
Written by James Pitikin

Cyclist vs. New Seasons A horrific crash and a potential mayoral candidate's company.

On Thursday, May 12, a Multnomah County jury ruled against New Seasons and awarded $667,742 to Genevieve Luikart, a 26-year-old bicyclist who was struck by a New Seasons truck. [...] insurer refused to pay. "They tried to take advantage of a girl who had amnesia and was very badly injured," Colbach says. >>Read more


$550,000 jury verdict for cyclist who injured wrist.

Hartford insurance offered $30,000.

The Oregonian 4/27/2006
Written by Anne Saker

Bicyclist hit by test driver wins $550,000 jury award

Colbach said Wednesday that the insurer had offered Boyd a settlement of $10,000. Last week, the offer was upped to $30,000. >> Read more


City of Portland settles case for maximum to avoid large jury verdict.

The Oregonian 5/17/2006
Written by Boaz Herzog

Council to vote on settlement with ex-cadet: Portland police - The $200,000 would include the cost of a prosthesis for Erin Berry's finger

City documents recommending the settlement describe how an investigation into Berry's claim by the risk management office indicates a risk the city may be found liable. "Therefore, in order to avoid the risk of a large jury award, we feel it is prudent to compromise the lawsuit at this time," according to the documents. >> Read more

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