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Oregon Wrongful Death Case Goes to Supreme Court

A wrongful death case against Philip Morris USA that was upheld in the Oregon Supreme Court earlier in 2006 will go to the U.S. Supreme Court this fall. The case involved the family of Jesse D. Williams, who died of lung cancer in 1997 after smoking cigarettes since the 1950s. Williams was a janitor and smoked three packs of Marlboros a day. An Oregon jury awarded the Williams family $80…

Scott Hendison

Oregon Wrongful Death Case Adjudicated

The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that the Oregon state Constitution does not give a family the right to sue a company for negligence after there is a death in the workplace.Our court decided the case against two adult children and the mother of Felix Juarez. Juarez was fatally injured in 2000 when a backhoe bucket struck him at Windsor Island Mine, near Keizer. To read the entire story, see…

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Still Possible For Worker's Family?

In a case involving the family of Felix Juarez, a worker at the Windsor Island Mine who died from head injuries after being struck by a backhoe bucket, the Oregon Supreme Court rejected the workers’ comp suit. The justices made a unanimous decision that the Oregon Constitution did not automatically give the family the right to sue a company for negligence that resulted in its worker’s death….

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Group Home

The family of an Alabama woman who died as a result of injuries suffered during an incident at an Alabama group home has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the facility. Martha Sue Hall had been transferred from a different home to Grand Haven Group Home only three days before her death. She suffered “significant and catastrophic injuries leading to her death,” the suit alleges. The Mental…