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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.