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Husband who saw wife die after tree crashes into house sues neighbors for $3.1M

June 10, 2016
The Oregonian | Written by Aimee Green

Dennis Elleson's lawsuit states that less than a year before his wife's death, he'd text messaged the neighbors asking that they remove the tree that grew on the edge of the neighbors' property because he feared it would fall onto his house.

The suit also states that Elleson spoke with the neighbors at least four times in the months leading up to the fatal incident, telling them the tree was lopsided and they needed to cut it down. [...]

Cyclist sues after Uber, private insurance fail to cover crash.

October 15, 2015
The Oregonian | Written by Elliot Njus

Pavenko was cited for improper opening of a door. [...] Police recorded Pavenko's personal auto insurance information, but Root's attorney, Michael Colbach, said Pavenko's insurer wouldn't cover the liability because Pavenko was driving for hire at the time.

Cyclist vs. New Seasons A horrific crash and a potential mayoral candidate's company.

May 18, 2011
Willamette Week Newspaper | Written by James Pitikin

On Thursday, May 12, a Multnomah County jury ruled against New Seasons and awarded $667,742 to Genevieve Luikart, a 26-year-old bicyclist who was struck by a New Seasons truck. [...] The impact smashed Luikart's upper jaw, broke her left shoulder, fractured her right wrist and left her with severe dental injuries. But Luikart's attorney, Michael Colbach, says New Seasons' insurer refused to pay.

Instead, Colbach says, New Seasons blamed the accident on Luikart, who has no memory of the crash. The lone eyewitness of the crash said Luikart was not at fault, and the jury agreed. "They tried to take advantage of a girl who had amnesia and was very badly injured," Colbach says. "Taking care of her would have been the right thing to do, and it would have been a great way to spread some goodwill. But at the end of the day, the bottom line always comes first."

New Seasons offered to settle the case for $130,000, Colbach says, the approximate amount the jury eventually found would only have covered her medical expenses. Colbach refused, and the case went to trial. "They were just hoping they'd get lucky because she couldn't remember," Colbach says. "They just continued to blame her for the accident and hoped the jury would fall for it."
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Bicyclist hit by test driver wins $550,000 jury award

4/27/2006
The Oregonian | Written by Anne Saker

Colbach said Wednesday that the insurer had offered Boyd a settlement of $10,000. Last week, the offer was upped to $30,000
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Council to vote on settlement with ex-cadet: Portland police - The $200,000 would include the cost of a prosthesis for Erin Berry's finger

5/17/2006
The Oregonian | Written by Boaz Herzog

City documents recommending the settlement describe how an investigation into Berry's claim by the risk management office indicates a risk the city may be found liable. "Therefore, in order to avoid the risk of a large jury award, we feel it is prudent to compromise the lawsuit at this time," according to the documents.
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US: Bicycle lawyers finding new clients in injured cyclists

August 11, 2007
AP article

Mike is quoted:

It’s almost never the cyclist’s fault, and they tend to get pretty significantly injured [...]
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