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  • Linn County Jail Settles Wrongful Death Case 05/01/2017

    According to a Marion County Sheriff’s report, at around 11:00 p.m., on November 16, 2014, Linn County Jail inmate Ashley Chambers overheard a female deputy telling an inmate to “quit faking it, I’ve heard it all before,” and “don’t make me come back in here.”   Another inmate, Katrina Gray, also heard a female deputy tell the inmate to “stop faking it” or she would tear apart her cell.  The inmate’s name was Samantha Robinson.  Four hours later, Robinson would die from bacterial pneumonia while lying on the floor of her cell.  The only treatment Robinson received during her 8-day stay at the Linn County Jail was Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and several recommendations to rest and drink fluids. 

  • Oregon Patient with Third-Degree Burns from Surgical Lights Files $805,000 Lawsuit against Silverton Hospital 08/07/2015

    Thomas E. Heathman, a 52-year old man from Corvallis, who underwent toe surgery back in May 2014 filed an $805,000 lawsuit against Silverton Hospital in Marion County, Oregon for medical negligence. Heathman has been dealing with a persistent oozing wound that appeared on his foot after surgery, which ended up being a third-degree burn caused by the surgical lights.

  • Lawyers at Nelson and MacNeil Educate During End Distracted Driving Month 04/23/2012

    ALBANY – Distracted driving is responsible for more than 5,000 deaths and close to 450,000 injuries in the U.S. every year. Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. Drivers who use handheld devices are 4 times more likely to get into an injury-producing car accident.

    These are just a few of the startling and tragic statistics that result from distracted driving.

  • Nelson and MacNeil File Lawsuit Against Drunk Driver and Local Taverns 03/27/2012

    CORVALLIS – A $5 million dollar personal injury lawsuit was filed earlier this month in Benton County
    against Shane Michael Chambers, and a pair of Corvallis taverns, Murphy’s Tavern and the Corvallis Sports Park. The lawsuit cites violations of safety laws preventing businesses from serving visibly intoxicated patrons.

  • Drug Maker Recalls Iodine Solution 08/24/2011

    Drug manufacturer H&P Industries has issued a recall of all lots of the company’s Povidone Iodine Swabsticks, Prep Solutions, Scrub Solutions, and Prep Gel at the command of the Food and Drug Administration. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that testing was not in place to prevent “objectionable microorganisms” from contaminating the products. The company said an investigation into the products did not find any contaminants. Staff Report, PR Newswire

  • Lawsuit Over New WI Voter Law 08/23/2011

    A voter’s group in Wisconsin has said they will file a lawsuit against a recent law passed by politicians requiring voters to show a photo ID at polls. The group claims the law violates the state’s constitution, which only gives the state the ability to decline voting rights to felons and people deemed incompetent. “Getting a state ID can be difficult for low-income and elderly voters,” said a spokesperson for the group.Jack Nicas, WSJ Blogs

  • Lawsuit: Officer Tased 7-Year-Old Boy 08/22/2011

    A Louisiana family has filed a personal injury lawsuit against a Gretna, La., police officer who allegedly Tasered a 7-year-old boy during a traffic stop. According to the lawsuit, the officer Tased both the driver and his son after the driver declined to step out of the car during the traffic stop. The boy was treated for burns on his leg caused by the shock. The suit is seeking $325,000 in damages from the officer, the department and the city. Paul Purpura, New Orleans Times-Picayune

  • Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Police Officer Reinstated 08/22/2011

    A federal appeals court has reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit filed against a Madera, Calif., police officer who shot a man in the chest with her pistol, believing it to be her Taser. The man was handcuffed in the back seat of the officer’s patrol car when the incident occurred. The appeals court said the officer had acknowledged the man posed no danger to anyone but herself, and that a jury might even question the use of a Taser in the situation, let alone a gun. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

  • Governor Kulongoski Announces Judicial Appointment 06/16/2010

    (Salem) – Governor Ted Kulongoski announced June 16, 2010 the appointment of James Egan to the Linn County Circuit Court. Judge Egan will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Rick McCormick which was effective May 31, 2010.

    “James is an incredibly bright, engaging and energetic person who will be a tremendous asset to the Linn County bench,” said Governor Kulongoski. “I am very pleased to appoint a lawyer with his work ethic to serve as a judge. I believe his service on the bench will be an asset to the citizens of Linn County and the State of Oregon.”

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