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Representative cases

The following is a selection of cases that represent the breadth of services of Arnold Law Office, including some interesting examples countered by some of the more "routine." The client names have been removed to protect confidentiality.

Product Liability - Zooma Scooter
Lawsuit against stand-up gas-powered scooter after handle bar welding failed, causing crash with elbow fracture. Plaintiff received a poor offer and then a dismal arbitration award. Plaintiff appealed to a jury trial. Jury trial result 25 times the arbitration award. Sometimes it takes a jury to sort out a case.

Product Liability/Wrongful Death - G-Max Motorcycle Helmet
Husband and wife were on their motorcycle when negligent driver pulled out in front of them. Wife's helmet strap webbing failed and her helmet came off. She died of head trauma. Six figure settlement with G-Max distributor.

MVA - Rearender Appeal from Arbitration by Farmers
Farmers appeals arbitration award for a young man with soft tissue injuries to back. Josephine County awards more than arbitration award and several times more than Farmers' offer. Defense counsel claims verdict is the highest soft tissue award ever for Josephine County.

MVA - Bike struck in crosswalk
Arbitrator rendered a defense verdict due to client riding bike faster than a walk and for entering crosswalk when it read "Don't Walk." Defendant was at a red light looking left when he made an unsignalled right turn without looking right. We appealed the arbitrator's defense judgment and won. Jury found in favor of our client and awarded the requested damages.

Nursing Home Death - Avamere
Complex litigation involving an Avamere CNA who failed to give anti-seizure medication to Vietnam War veteran several times. He died from seizure. Status: discovery ongoing; trial set.

ODOT dump truck crashes into car in work zone
An elderly woman was following a dump truck into a work zone. The flagger failed to stop traffic as they entered the work zone and the truck failed to radio ahead that there was traffic with him. The truck pulled off the road while in the work zone and then re-entered the roadway without looking and struck the car causing injuries to her shoulder (requiring surgery on both). ODOT denied liability and paid for expensive litigation with tax funds before paying a reasonable settlement amount. Our firm employed a civil engineer with years of work zone experience to analyze the lack of a proper safety plan.

Wrongful Death - Drunk Driver Kills Teenage Girl

Wrongful Death - Woman Crushed by Trash Truck

Drunk Driver rear ends SUV on interstate
Driver who was impaired by alcohol ran into the back of SUV while traveling at a very fast rate of speed. Both vehicles were totaled and client's back pain got progressively worse, resulting in a fusion surgery. The lawsuit alleged punitive damages for recklessness of driving drunk. Defendant filed for bankruptcy while case was pending. Ultimately the case settled for policy limits from the insurer and an excess judgment in bankruptcy court with a payment plan.

Civil Litigation

Sexual Harassment Defense - Hospital Administrator Stalking
Mike Arnold defended the administrator of a hospital who pursued a relationship with a young woman who was apparently giving him mixed signals. Before contacting our firm he was convicted of a criminal stalking charge and lost a stalking order trial. She then sued him for $500,000 claiming sexual harassment, assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. In a Marion County jury trial after a brutal cross-examination of the plaintiff and picking apart their psychologist expert, we won a defense verdict.

Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings Defense - Elder Abuse Gone Bad
Mike Arnold defended a woman in United States District Court who as accused of wrongfully initiating an elder abuse case in state court. Plaintiff was wife of client's brother. Brother stole substantial assets from their father while he was infirm. Client received a large verdict against brother in state court but sister-in-law received a defense verdict. Sister-in-law then sued in federal court. We won a defense verdict after a jury trial in federal court.

Undue Influence - Stealing Mobile Home Park from non-profits
An elderly woman suffering from dementia was coerced into changing her will to leave all of her assets to the managers of the mobile home park she owned. Previously, the woman graciously left substantial assets to family and several non-profit organizations. Our firm represented several of the nonprofits. After a thoroughly diligent investigation by the firm turned up a material witness in California, depositions quickly turned into a settlement conference. A six-figure settlement occurred thereafter.

Civil Rights Violation - False Confession of Minor by Lane County Sheriff's Deputy (Federal Court)
The Lane County Sheriff's Office made some incorrect assumptions about the guilty of our twelve-year-old client and coerced him into a false confession for the shooting of a neighbor's dog. They even made him demonstrate how he did it with his pellet gun. Ballistics tests proved that his gun did not fire the bullet but the results were not disclosed to client's juvenile delinquency lawyer for an unreasonable amount of time. During that time, he faced ridicule and embarrassment. We sued the county and school district in federal court. After discovery and numerous depositions, the defendants agreed to have judgments entered against them and paid monetary damages.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty - Self dealing in business/land deal gone bad
Civil jury trial in Lane County district court.

Stalking Orders and Restraining Orders

Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings - False Stalking Order to Gain Custody
Received a $50,000 judgment through bankruptcy adversarial proceeding due to mother lying to get a stalking order.

Restraining Order - Lying about Fear to Gain Custody
Mother lied about being afraid of father. She dismissed it after being cross-examined and confronted with dozens of text messages she sent to father.

Stalking Order - Lying about Rape to Gain Custody
We won a dismissal after trial. Court made findings of fact that stalking order was brought for an improper purpose.

Sexual Harassment - Setting up co-worker for a sexual harassment lawsuit
Negotiated a dismissal and a mutual no-contact agreement after discovering that petitioner made similar allegations against another employer in California.

Stalking - Young woman files in spite after older man stops buying her things
Young woman lied about stalking incidents to gain a stalking order to spite her much older friend who bought her car, surgery, etc. Petitioner lied to the court; the firm proved the lies in trial and case dismissed.

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