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RMB attorney Kevin Clonts is featured in the most recent issue of CLM Magazine, a publication from the Claims Management Litigation (CLM). The article, co-authored with four other attorneys, discusses achieving business development and advancement for diverse professionals. It can be found at the following link January CLM National Magazine

Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth PC has been selected for the fourth year in a row to Oregon Business magazine’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon. In addition to appearing in the March 2020 issue of Oregon Business magazine, Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth was honored at the 100 Best Companies to Work For awards banquet held March 5th at The Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The boutique law firm placed as the fifteenth best company to work for in the small business category which comprises organizations made up of 15 to 34 employees.

By Allen Eraut An Oregon jury returned a $6 million verdict against Kaiser Gypsum, in case with heavy alternative exposures to amphibole-containing insulation. The trial court applied joint and several liability, which is unusual for this jurisdiction, and may form the basis of an appeal.

We are pleased to report on a defense victory in this Washington asbestos matter in which Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth was part of the trial team. Coonrod v. Alcoa, et al. was a King County, Washington case against various suppliers of asbestos-containing products and premises owners. Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth’s client was Longview Fibre Paper & Pulp Mill. Coonrod was a career insulator, and there was evidence he worked at Longview Fibre when his insulation employers were hired for insulation jobs. Plaintiff presented two theories of liability: premises liability and retained control.

By Kevin Clonts On October 3, the Washington Supreme Court held that employee claims adjusters are not personally liable for bad faith and Consumer Protection Act (CPA) causes of action. In doing so, the court reversed the Court of Appeals, which had held that individual insurance professionals could be held liable.

Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth is pleased to share that Tania Manners has been appointed to the Multnomah Bar Association’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee for a three-year term. The mission of the MBA Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee is to foster and expand diversity, inclusion and equality in the MBA and greater Multnomah County legal community, and to create and strengthen a relationship of mutual support between the MBA and diverse bar organizations. The committee is responsible for a number of initiatives including the LSAT scholarship program and the MBA Diversity Award nomination and selection process.

Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth is delighted to report that Claude Bosworth was included in the 2019 edition of Oregon Super Lawyers magazine. The publication identifies the top five percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through the research of Super Lawyers, which is a Thomson Reuters business.

Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth PC has been selected for the third year in a row to Oregon Business magazine’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon. In addition to appearing in the March 2019 issue of Oregon Business magazine, Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth was honored at the 100 Best Companies to Work For awards banquet held February 28th at The Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The boutique law firm placed as the sixteenth best company to work for in the small business category which comprises organizations made up of 15 to 34 employees.

RMB attorney Kevin Clonts is featured in the most recent issue of CLM National, a publication from the Claims Management Litigation (CLM). His article discusses a recent judicial decision in Washington law with regards to insurers' duties when faced with multiple claimants. It can be found at the following link January CLM National Magazine

Nice: “Each and every fiber” evidence.  In Barabin v. Scapa Dryer Fabrics, a federal trial court in the Western District of Washington rejected the “each and every exposure” and “cumulative exposure” causation theories often relied on by asbestos plaintiffs. The court’s decision is detailed and provides a good road map to exclude this type of evidence.

By Kevin Clonts In Singh v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 2018 Wash. App. LEXIS 1937 (2018), Division 1 of the Washington Court of Appeals clarified an insurer’s duties in cases involving multiple claimants that likely would exhaust policy limits. Though the court did not establish a “bright-line rule,” its ruling instructs that an insurer must be cautious when a settlement could exhaust policy limits, thereby leaving the insured exposed to defense costs should other claimants come forward. The court held that if an insurance carrier has reason to believe that payment of a policy limits settlement to one claimant would leave the insured exposed to defense costs for other claims, the carrier should explore potential methods to leave some amount of policy limits in reserve in order to preserve the defense duty. Failure to do so could result in a bad faith claim and damages, including damages for defense and settlement costs incurred over policy limits.

RMB attorney Kevin Clonts is featured in the most recent  issue of Construction Claims, a publication from the Claims Management Litigation (CLM). His article discusses recent changes in Oregon law with regards to the Statue of Repose. It can be found at the following link http://online.pubhtml5.com/adfn/wfgb/#p=19  

Three Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth shareholders were recognized in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, which was released today. Steven Rizzo was selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers guide based on his work in insurance litigation and product liability litigation defense. Allen Eraut was honored in the construction litigation and product liability litigation defense categories. Claude Bosworth was recognized in the area of construction litigation.

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