Articles

November 6, 2014 - "Portland law firm files class action against World Wrestling Entertainment...." Portland Business Journal

"Portland law firm Stoll Berne has filed a class action lawsuit against World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. that alleges the company knowingly subjects wrestlers to concussions and brain damage."  Read more about this lawsuit as reported in the Portland Business Journal.

October 29, 2014 - "Class Action Targets Wrestling League Over Concussion," The National Law Journal

"World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. subjects professional wrestlers to 'extreme physical brutality.' but tries to keep the performers unaware of the irreversible brain and body damage that can result, a proposed class-action filed in Oregon federal court by a former wrestler contends."  Read more about this case as reported by The National Law Journal.

October 29, 2014 - "Portland wrestler sues WWE," KOIN6

"Billy Jack Haynes wants to give World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.'s head-smacking, money-making 'soap opera' a federal court body slam because of what he says is the international sports giant's disregard for wrestlers' safety."  Read more about this lawsuit as reported by KOIN6.

October 25, 2014 - "Billy Jack Haynes wrestles WWE into federal court," Portland Tribune

"Billy Jack...is suing WWE in federal court for 'egregious mistreatment of its wrestlers for its own benefit, as well as its concealment and denial of medical research and evidence concerning traumatic brain injuries suffered by WWE wrestlers,' according to the 42-page lawsuit filed Thursday, Oct. 23 in Portland's U.S. District Court."  Read more about this case as reported by the Portland Tribune.

Fall 2014 - "Accrual of Legal Malpractice Claims: It May Be Sooner Than You Think," OSB Litigation Journal

Read this article about legal malpractice claims written by Gary Berne and Joshua Ross, and printed in the Fall 2014 Oregon State Bar Litigation Journal.

October 10, 2014 - "Prepare your business for an oil spill," Portland Business Journal

"Recent disasters involving railroad shipments of crude oil have raised concerns about the impact of accidents involving trains carrying oil to refineries, terminals and ports in the Pacific Northwest."  Read more of this column written by Keith Dubanevich and published in the Portland Business Journal.

September 24, 2014 - "$31m Bank of America Force-Placed Insurance Class Action Settlement Approved," Top Class Actions

"A $31 million class action settlement between Bank of America NA and homeowners who allege they were illegally forced to purchase overpriced and excessive flood insurance was approved by an Oregon federal judge on Thursday, September 18, 2014."  Read more about this case as reported on Top Class Actions.

September 2014 - "FedEx Drivers Improperly Classified as Independent Contractors," Trial, American Association for Justice

"In two companion decisions, the Ninth Circuit held that FedEx Ground Package System, Inc., improperly labeled its delivery drivers independent contractors rather than employees, illegally depriving them of certain benefits and rights."  Read more about these cases as reported in Trial, a publication printed by The American Association for Justice. (Reprinted with permission.)

September 8, 2014 - "Portland law firm wins $11.3M settlement against health insurer," Portland Business Journal

"Health care providers have settled a class action lawsuit for $11.3 million with Coventry Health Care Inc. over improperly calculated reimbursements for workers' compensation medical services."  Read more about this story as reported in the Portland Business Journal.

August 28, 2014 - "Court Rules for FedEx Drivers in Suit Over Job Classification," NPR

On August 27, 2014, the Ninth Circuit ruled that as a matter of law Oregon drivers were employees, not independent contractors as contended by FedEx Ground.  The ruling makes way for drivers to proceed to trial to recover overtime and improperly deducted business expenses.  Listen to this news article as reported on NPR.

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