Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth PC is proud to announce that the firm is changing its name to Rizzo Bosworth Eraut PC. The updated name reflects
the significant contributions of Allen Eraut, who joined the firm in 2008.
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
The Washington Court of Appeals has overturned a total defense verdict in Clevenger. The Plaintiff in this case was Era Clevenger
on behalf of her husband, James Clevenger, who died from either lung cancer or mesothelioma.
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
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
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
Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth PC has been selected to Oregon Business magazine’s list of the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon for the fourth year
in a row ranking as the twenty third most sustainable business in the state.
In addition to appearing in the forthcoming June 2018 issue of Oregon Business magazine, Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth will be honored at the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon awards luncheon, to be held May 31 at The Nines Hotel in downtown Portland.
On February 28, 2018, Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth shareholder Allen Eraut moderated a panel discussion for the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel titled “When Mediation Fails: Taking a Construction Case to Trial.” Panelists Dan Schanz, Megan Ferris and Elizabeth Woodard gave helpful insight on how to address the unique challenges construction cases face. For example:
Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth PC has been selected for the second 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 forthcoming March 2018 issue of Oregon Business magazine, Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth was honored at the 100 Best Companies to Work For awards banquet held March 1st at The Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The boutique law firm placed as the eight best company to work for in the small business category which comprises organizations made up of 15 to 34 employees.
By Allen Eraut and Shaun Morgan
In Vasquez v. Double Press Mfg, the Oregon Court of Appeals held that Oregon’s $500,000 non-economic damages cap on a personal injury award
in a product liability case was unconstitutional as applied to the plaintiff.
The Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) has selected an Oregon State Bar publication – the legal deskbook Damages – as
the winner of the ACLEA 2017 Best Award of Outstanding Achievement in Publications. Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth shareholder Allen Eraut was one of the book’s authors.
A plaque commemorating the national award was presented at the ACLEA Annual Meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in August 2017, and is now on display
in the Oregon State Bar Center lobby.
RMB attorneys Allen Eraut and Kevin Bergstrom wrote an article featured in the May 3rd edition of the Defense Research Institute's Newsletter The Voice . The article discusses a recent
Oregon Supreme Court decision concerning the adoption of a general jurisdictional framework that provides predictability for out-of-state corporations
looking to do business in Oregon.
Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth welcomes attorney Kevin Bergstrom as the newest addition to its respected litigation team. Kevin's practice concentrates
on the defense of complex civil cases. As a member of the firm’s environmental and natural resources practice group, Kevin represents clients in Federal
EPA and Oregon DEQ Superfund cleanup matters, and has assisted in a federal trial defending a wind-energy company’s operations against adjacent landowners.
Allen Eraut, a shareholder at Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth, was recently
featured as a "Thursday Thought Leader" in LegalNet's weekly blog series showcasing some of the industry's most distinguished talents.
Civil defense law firm Rizzo Mattingly Bosworth PC announced today that shareholder Allen Eraut has been elected chair of the Oregon Association of Defense
Counsel’s Construction Practice Group.
The Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC) is Oregon’s statewide association for defense attorneys. Founded in 1967, the non-profit membership
organization provides defense-oriented civil litigators, as well as business and commercial litigators, with excellent continuing legal education
and valuable networking opportunities. OADC’s purpose is to increase the professional skill and knowledge of its nearly 700 members, to enhance
the services of the legal profession to the public, to improve the adversary system and to work for the prompt and fair disposition of disputes.
Learn more about OADC at www.oadc.com.
RMB attorneys Allen Eraut and Kevin Clonts are featured in the most recent DRI edition The Voice. Their article discusses a significant change in Oregon law concerning consent judgments and assignments. You can find the article at the following link: "Another State Says "Yes" to Consent Judgments".