Monsters Kill: Wrongful Death Suit Against Energy Drink

Monsters Kill: Wrongful Death Suit Against Energy Drink

A mother is suing the makers of Monster Energy Drink for wrongful death, claiming the drink killed her son. People are going to make fun of this lawsuit several reasons: People are going to say that it was the 19-year-old’s own choice to drink two or more 16-ounce cans of Monster every day for two […]

Lobbyists Hard At Work Helping Insurance Companies Rob You Blind

Lobbyists Hard At Work Helping Insurance Companies Rob You Blind

I am so sick of insurance companies getting away with screwing consumers! It’s happening again, right now. House Bill 3160 passed the Oregon House, but is being held up in the Oregon Senate by the forty-seven(!!!) lobbyists that are bending your Senators’ ears. (ORS 646.605 – 646.656) makes it illegal for businesses to use “unconscionable […]

ACLU vs. NSA: Protecting Rights to Privacy

ACLU vs. NSA: Protecting Rights to Privacy

Everyone’s talking about Edward Snowden’s recent revelations of the extent to which the NSA has been tracking U.S. citizens. If you haven’t heard (where have you been?), Edward Snowden is a former National Security Administration contractor who, after leaving the NSA with classified surveillance information, has been leaking said information to show Americans how the […]

It Pays to Dig Deeper: Investigating Single-Car Crashes

I bet that 90% of lawyers would have made a $9 million mistake on this case. Before I explain, let me walk you through the scenario. Imagine that you’re a personal injury lawyer, and someone calls you up and tells you this story: “I live in California, but I was on a car trip in […]

Want to Save 1,800 Lives This Year? Lower the BAC Limit

Want to Save 1,800 Lives This Year? Lower the BAC Limit

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for states to reduce the legal blood alcohol content level from .08 to .05. When Australia dropped the legal limit for blood alcohol content while driving from .08 to .05, provinces there reported a drop in fatalities of 5% to 18%. Every state in the U.S. currently […]

Bringing Such a Small Case to Trial Would Be Silly

Bringing Such a Small Case to Trial Would Be Silly

I teach a class to paralegal students one evening per week. On last week’s midterm exam, I asked them to write an essay outlining possible tort claims that could be brought on behalf of a fictional woman who sprained her ankle slipping on water in Fred Meyer. In her answer, one of the students wrote […]

Little Known Law Creates Injustice for Workers Injured on the Job

Little Known Law Creates Injustice for Workers Injured on the Job

“Whatsoever you have done unto the least of these men, you have done it to me.” I learn new things every day. Today I was taught something by a 25-year-old man with broken bones in his back who has required three surgeries so far. His medical bills are about $500,000 so far, and he’s not […]