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December 2020 – Part 2

Ray Powers and Portia Rauer successfully defeated a motion to dismiss brought by a large Idaho hospital in a wrongful death case. The hospital claimed that the plaintiff’s claims were for medical malpractice, thereby requiring dismissal of the case due to the...

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December 2020

Portia Rauer successfully defended a large Idaho corporation in a wrongful termination claim before the Idaho Human Rights Commission. The claimant alleged that the corporation discharged him because of his age (60) and hired younger, less expensive medical providers...

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November 2020

Portia Rauer successfully defended a physician in a medical malpractice action wherein the trial court dismissed the physician from the lawsuit because there was no physician-patient relationship. The patient had previously seen the physician for eye care, but this...

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October 2020

Jim Thomson and Dustin Charters successfully defended an insurance carrier in a bad-faith lawsuit stemming from the carrier’s evaluation of underinsured motorist benefits. The insured alleged the carrier committed bad faith by unreasonably delaying the tender of the...

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August 2020

Ray Powers and Dustin Charters successfully defended a homeowner in a personal injury suit wherein a guest was injured by the homeowner’s animal—a ram. The homeowner presented evidence that the ram had not previously acted in a vicious or dangerous manner and argued...

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July 2020

Jim Thomson and Dustin Charters successfully defended an attorney who served as an appointed personal representative in a probate matter. One of the heirs sued the attorney for alleged fraud and generally claimed she did not receive the amounts she was entitled to in...

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April 2020 – Part 2

Jim Thomson and Dustin Charters successfully defended an attorney and law firm in a malpractice action by obtaining summary judgment. The plaintiff claimed the attorney and law firm made misrepresentations in a prior litigation where the plaintiff was also a party....

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April 2020

On April 22, 2020, Jim Thomson obtained a favorable decision from the Idaho Supreme Court in Walsh v. Swapp Law, PLLC, 166 Idaho 629, 462 P.3d 607 (2020). The Walsh decision reaffirmed the statute of limitations in attorney malpractice cases. The Supreme Court held an...

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August 2019

Portia Rauer obtained summary judgment for her clients, a Boise hospital and surgical group, in a medical malpractice lawsuit. A husband and wife brought suit against numerous health care providers, including the hospital and surgical group represented by Ms. Rauer....

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August 2019 – Part 2

Portia Rauer successfully defended a large Idaho company in federal district court by obtaining summary judgment in a wrongful employment termination claim. The plaintiff made two claims: (1) the Idaho company violated the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) by firing...

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