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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:

Content Types Archives: Webinars

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 Partner Katie Buxman and Senior Attorney Sean Conner on Wednesday, October 31st, at 10:00 a.m. PT, as they provide an overview and discussion on minimizing the risk of attorney fees in first party UM/UIM claims.  In this hour-long Webinar presentation, Katie and Sean 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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Legal Webinar: A Year In Review – Oregon and Washington Personal Lines

Smith Freed Eberhard Partners Katie Buxman and Josh Hayward on Wednesday, February 15th discussed major cases of the past year in Oregon and Washington with a focus on the impact these cases will have on personal lines claims management. In this one hour presentation, Katie and Josh will discuss recent developments in Oregon and Washington law, including:

• (OR) Changes in the Oregon approach to claims for negligent infliction of emotional distress;
• (OR) Oregon’s cap on noneconomic damages and its impact on high-value claims;
• (OR) How to avoid losing the protections of a safe harbor letter;
• (WA) How to evaluate whether a party improved its position during trial de novo following an arbitration award;
• (WA) Developments to Washington’s dog bite laws under a premises liability theory; and
• (WA) Whether multiple collisions in the span of seconds can constitute a single “accident”

 

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Legal Webinar: Oregon & Washington Construction Law

The world of construction presents a large number of issues for contractors and subcontractors, engineers and architects, and their insurers and attorneys.  In this presentation, we address the basics of the law, including statutes of limitation and repose, the standards to which construction companies and professionals are held in claims of negligent construction, and the insurers’ duties to defend and indemnify, as well as pragmatic approaches to claims handling and solutions to common problems that may arise.

Smith Freed Eberhard Partners, Jack Levy, Bruce Gilbert and attorney, Melanie Rose discussed on Wednesday, January 25th  the fundamentals of Construction Defect law, best practices and approaches to claims handling in Oregon and Washington. In this one hour presentation, Jack, BRuce and Melanie discussed:

  • Liability claims and the duties to defend and indemnify
  • Additional Insurance concerns and solutions
  • Bad faith and new product claims
  • Legal updates in Oregon and Washington
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Legal Webinar: Retail Store Liability

Smith Freed Eberhard Partner, Matt Ukishima and Attorney, CJ Martin on Wednesday, December 14th discussed how Retail Store Liability could affect you and your claims handling. In this one hour presentation, Matt & CJ discussed:

  • Legal standards for claims against retail stores in Oregon and Washington
  • Best practices for managing and evaluating claims against Oregon and Washington retailers
  • Holiday shoppers who slip, trip, or fall in stores
  • A wish list for limiting claims for false arrest and discrimination by custom
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Smith Freed Eberhard Managing Partner Jeff Eberhard, Partner Phil Bennett and Partner Bill Taaffe presented this webinar on Wednesday, September 7th at 10 a.m. PST, and they discussed what you need to know about liquor liability in Oregon, including several recent Oregon Supreme Court decisions:

  • How Oregon’s Dram Shop Statute Limits Liability
  • Impact of New Court Opinions on Liquor Liability
  • Elements Plaintiff Must Prove In Third Party Claims
  • Effect of Plaintiff Socializing with Intoxicated Driver
  • Court Opinions that Narrow First Party Claims
  • Notice Requirements
  • $500,000 Tort Cap Limit Application

If you would like to schedule an in-person session of this presentation for your claims team or local claims association, please contact us by email at [email protected].

We created a complimentary best practices guide that gives you questions to ask when investigating liquor liability claims. It also includes the 50 Signs of Intoxication as defined by the OLCC.​ Click here to download this resource.

 

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