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Oregon Litigation and Arbitration Reports
RENE D. VARIN v. CITY OF PORTLAND
Case No. 9003-01559
Jury Trial Date: April 4, 1995
Date of Publication: July, 1995
TOPIC: CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION. EMOTIONAL DISTRESS.
RESULT: PLAINTIFF VERDICT for $ 736,430. (Verdict included $ 200,000 attorney fees.)
INJURY: Emotional distress.
SPECIALS: Med. $ 15,963 (all chiropractic); Lost Wages – none.
TRIAL JUDGE: Hon. Nely L. Johnson.
PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY(S): Michael H. Bloom (Portland).
DEFENDANT ATTORNEY(S): Harry M. Auerbach, City Attorney’s Office (Portland); Jeffrey S. Ratliff, District Attorney’s Office (Portland).
SUMMARY: 3/90 – Plff, male, restaurant owner. Restaurants were seized for alleged illegal gambling activities pursuant to a forfeiture law. Plff, restaurant owner, counterclaimed for a civil rights violation under 42 USC Sec. 1983.
PLAINTIFF EXPERT(S): William A. Berg (Economist) Portland.
DEFENDANT EXPERT(S): Louis C. DeArias (Financial Advisor) Portland.
OFFER: $ 20,000. Def. asked jury for defense verdict.
DEMAND: $ 200,000. Plff asked jury for $ 700,000.
TRIAL-TIME: 3-day trial