Copyright 1995 Jury Verdicts Northwest Inc.

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.

STATE: Oregon

COUNTY: Multnomah

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