Johnson Johnson & Schaller represents the survivors and families of several people killed in the March, 2014, Oso, Washington mudslide. Dozens of people lost their lives in that terrible, but foreseeable, event. In association with Washington attorney, Corrie Yackulic, we are currently investigating the causes of the mudslide.
Our firm retained multiple experts and conducted tests at the site. We filed a complaint against the logger and the landowner, and we obtained tens of thousands of documents in discovery from the State of Oregon and from the logging company and corporation that owned the clearcut land. We took more than 30 depositions in Oregon, Washington, and Canada. After we successfully resisted defense motions against our claims and obtained a court order in our favor, the defense proposed mediation. After a two day mediation, we were able to resolve the claims. We produced a compelling video telling the story of the landslide and the victims, which was very persuasive to the mediator and to the defendants.
We also represented victims of a second debris torrent on Highway 38 that occurred the same day. There a landslide started in a clearcut near a logging road and came down the ravine. It killed one woman and injured several others. Logging and road building also contributed to that devastating landslide. We were able to obtain compensation for the victims of this event.
After the litigation, one of our attorneys was a member of an Oregon state task force that reviewed existing forestry and land use laws and regulations. The task force developed new legislation that allowed the Oregon Department of Forestry to prevent logging on steep high risk sites above homes and highways. That legislation was enacted by Oregon’s legislature. Today, the Oregon Department of Forestry would not allow such logging to go forward.
At Johnson Johnson & Schaller PC, we help people throughout Oregon, including the cities of Eugene, Portland, Springfield, Corvallis, Medford, Salem, Bend, Lincoln City, The Dalles, Roseburg, Albany, Ashland, Florence, Coos Bay, Grants Pass, and Junction City; Benton County, Deschutes County, Jackson County, Josephine County, Lane County, Multnomah County, Washington County, Linn County, Clackamas County, Marion County and Hood River County; the states of California and Washington and throughout Central Oregon, Southern Oregon, the Oregon Coast and the Willamette Valley.