"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.
"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.
"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.)
"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.
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.