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On Tuesday, May 28th at 10:00 am PST, please join Smith Freed Eberhard Partner Ryan McLellan and Senior Attorney Sean Conner.

Content Types Archives: Webinars

On Tuesday, May 28th at 10:00 am PST, please join Smith Freed Eberhard Partner Ryan McLellan and Senior Attorney Sean Conner as they discuss Landlord Tenant Claims in Oregon and how they relate to claims under commercial general liability policies.  Ryan and Sean will discuss common situations where landlord/tenant claims will implicate CGLs, the issues that can arise when evaluating and defending these claims, the laws that affect the outcome of these cases, and the pitfalls that CGL claims rep should be aware of.

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On Monday, April 29th at 11:00 am PST, please join Smith Freed Eberhard Partners Cliff Wilson and Tasha Lyn Cosimo as they discuss settlements involving minors and settlements involving estates in Oregon and Washington. This presentation will offer an overview and general instruction on the process of wrongful death claim settlements and minor settlements by touching on a variety of topics including the applicable laws surrounding beneficiaries, damages, settlement, etc. in each state. Cliff and Tasha will discuss the nuances of Oregon and Washington law including:

  • The ins and outs of wrongful death claim settlements in Oregon and Washington
  • When and how to settle a claim with a minor claimant without a conservator
  • When to hire counsel for settlements with estates
  • Common liens and their impact on settlement
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Liability Waivers – Should We Wave Goodbye?

Join Smith Freed Eberhard partner Brian Driscoll and associate William Stinman Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 10:00 am PST as they break down the evolving and complex world of liability waiver enforcement in Oregon and Washington courts. They will go over:

  • Liability Waiver Law in Oregon
  • Liability Waiver Law in Washington
  • Why Are Liability Waivers Worth Your Time?
  • Gross Negligence
  • Unconscionability
  • Public Policy
  • Standard Established By Law For Protection Of Others

And more!

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Year In Review – Personal Lines in OR & WA

Join Smith Freed Eberhard partners Cliff Wilson and Tasha Lyn Cosimo on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 10:00 am PST as they discuss major personal lines cases of the past year in Oregon and Washington with a focus on the impact these cases will have on personal lines and management. In this one hour presentation, Cliff and Tasha will discuss recent developments in Oregon and Washington law, including the following cases:

  • (OR) (Hodges) Case affecting the discoverability of physician-patient communications.
  • (OR) (Markstrom) Case describing when and how sanctions for spoliation are imposed.
  • (OR) (Harshbarger) Case concerning required damages to be alleged in a timber trespass case.
  • (OR) (Busch) Case concerning Oregon’s non-economic damages cap as applied to personal injuries.
  • (OR) (Mall) Case concerning an expert’s qualifications in biomechanical engineering and accident reconstruction.
  • (WA) (Durant) Case defining “maximum medical improvement” in PIP claims.
  • (WA) (Lockner) Case exploring the boundaries of Washington’s recreational use immunity statute.
  • (WA) (Mariscal) Case adjudicating the admissibility of PIP applications.
  • (WA) (Keodalah) Case allowing a bad faith claim against an individual adjuster to proceed.
  • (WA) (Jackson) Case dismissing a plaintiff’s bad faith claims arising from a race-track crash.
  • (WA) (Koren) Case determining whether a school bus qualifies as an “automobile” under Washington’s PIP statutes.
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Year In Review – Commercial Lines in Oregon

Join Smith Freed Eberhard partner Bill Taaffe and senior attorney Melanie Rose on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 10:00 am PST as they discuss major cases of the past year in Oregon with a focus on the impact these cases will have on commercial lines and management. In this one hour presentation, Bill and Melanie will discuss recent developments in Oregon law, including the following cases:

  • (OR) Case affecting the discoverability of physician-patient communications.
  • (OR) Cases enforcing the complicity doctrine in liquor liability lawsuits.
  • (OR) Case limiting the scope of Oregon’s elder abuse statute as it pertains to insurance companies.
  • (OR) Case concerning required damages to be alleged in a timber trespass case.
  • (OR) Case interpreting Oregon’s statute of ultimate repose.

And, a discussion of two important cases that had oral arguments in front of the Oregon Supreme Court:

  • (OR) Schutz – The potential elimination of dram shop protection
  • (OR) Vasquez – The potential re-elimination of the $500,000 damages cap
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The Scariest Thing This Halloween— Attorney Fee Exposure in UM/UIM

Join Smith Freed Eberhard as we provide an overview and discussion on minimizing the risk of attorney fees in first party UM/UIM claims.  In this hour-long Webinar presentation, we will discuss:

  • General rules for attorney fee exposure in first UM/UIM party claims;
  • Safe harbor letters;
  • What constitutes proof of loss;
  • Calculating offsets; and
  • What to do if you did not send out a safe harbor letter.
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Smith Freed Eberhard Partners Ashley Nagrodski and Tasha Lyn Cosimo discuss mandatory, non-binding arbitration* in Oregon and Washington. In this hour-long Webinar presentation, Ashley and Tasha will discuss:

• Rules for mandatory, non-binding arbitration in Oregon and Washington;
• Tips and pointers on handling mandatory, non-binding arbitration claims for the best outcome;
• Mandatory, non-binding arbitration claims in Oregon subject to ORS 20.080; and
• Washington’s recent legislative amendment on mandatory, non-binding arbitration.

*Mandatory, non-binding arbitration refers to Court mandated, non-binding arbitration, which may be required prior to a case proceeding to trial based on the amount of damages sought by the Plaintiff(s).

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As a note: The link may ask you to “register”, this is purely to provide you with the recording and will not register you for a future presentation. Thank you again! 

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Smith Freed Eberhard Partner Josh Hayward and Senior Counsel Brian Driscoll provided an overview and discussion on developments in the law and handling first party claims on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. PT. In this hour-long Webinar presentation, Josh and Brian discussed:

  • General rules for handling first-party personal injury protection (PIP) and uninsured/ underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) claims;
  • UIM rules on floating/stacking;
  • Time limitations on medical benefits under PIP; and
  • Definition of damages under the PIP and UIM statutes.

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Legal Webinar: Oregon and Washington Minor Settlements & Wrongful Death

Smith Freed Eberhard Partner Cliff Wilson and Associate Tasha Cosimo discussed minor settlements and wrongful death in Oregon and Washington. In this one hour presentation, Cliff and Tasha address the nuances of Oregon and Washington law on these issues, including:

• When court approval is required when settling claims with minor claimants
• Whether and when it is permissible to settle a claim with a minor claimant without a conservator
• The ins and outs of settling wrongful death claims in Oregon and Washington, including when the claim must be brought, and damages available to the claimant

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Legal Webinar: A Year In Review – Oregon and Washington Commercial Lines

Smith Freed Eberhard Partners Jeff Eberhard and Kyle Riley discussed major cases of the past year in Oregon and Washington with a focus on the impact these cases will have on commercial lines claims management. In this one hour presentation, Jeff and Kyle will discuss recent developments in Oregon and Washington law, including:

• (OR) Significant decisions interpreting Oregon’s Dram Shop Statute;
• (OR) Oregon’s cap on noneconomic damages and its impact on high-value claims;
• (OR) Changes in the Oregon approach to claims for negligent infliction of emotional distress;
• (WA) Whether former employees are subject to corporate attorney-client privilege;
• (WA) Whether a parent can be a foreseeable victim of a school employee’s misconduct towards a student; and
• (WA) Whether it can be determined as a matter of law that a harm was foreseeable

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