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Gloria Martin Named President of the ALA - Oregon Chapter May 7, 2015

Director of Human Resources Gloria Martin has been named President of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) - Oregon Chapter for the 2015 - 2016 term. The ALA is an international association of legal management professionals, with the mission of promoting and enhancing professional development and networking. The Oregon Chapter, along with its business partners has over 120 members. "Membership in the ALA has been a tremendous resource to me for professional development and support. I am very excited and honored to serve as President in the coming year", said Gloria of her position.
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Chrysty Johnston Elected NALS of Portland (Oregon) President May 1, 2015

We are pleased to announce that legal assistant Chrysty Johnston, PLS, has been elected to serve as President of NALS of Portland (Oregon) for the 2015 - 2016 term. NALS is a tri-level organization that provides continuing legal education and certifications for legal assistants and paralegals. NALS of Portland (Oregon) was established in 1955 and has over 90 members.
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Tom Christ Wins in Oregon Court of Appeals

March 4, 2015

In Dowell v. Oregon Mutual ., __ P3d __, 2015 WL 363484 (January 28, 2015), plaintiff alleged that Oregon Mutual was required to pay her transportation expenses under the PIP coverage of her auto policy with Oregon Mutual for the cost of travel to doctors’ offices and pharmacies to obtain treatment or medication for the injuries she suffered in a car accident.  Oregon Mutual denied her claim for transportation expenses, and plaintiff sued Oregon Mutual for Breach of contract, seeking damages and attorney fees.  She also asked the court to certify a class action, so that she could bring claims on behalf of other insureds who were denied PIP benefits for transportation-related expenses.  Oregon Mutual moved the trial court for summary judgment, arguing that the PIP statues require benefits for the cost of medical services but not for the cost of transportation services.  The trial court agreed and concluded, as a matter of law, that plaintiff was not entitled to travel-related PIP benefits.  Accordingly, it granted OMI’s motion for summary judgment and denied her request for class certification.  Plaintiff appealed, seeking reversal and remand.    

In its ruling, the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court.  The court accepted Oregon Mutual’s principal arguments, which were based on the text of the key statute, ORS 742.524(1)(a), taken in context.  The statute requires PIP benefits for “[a]ll reasonable and necessary expenses of medical, hospital, dental, surgical, ambulance and prosthetic services.”  Relying on standard dictionary definitions, the court held that the “expenses” of those “services” do not include the cost of transportation to them.  The court further held that the statute does not contemplate the services of cabbies, bus drivers, and other transportation providers, because the term “provider” is defined in the PIP statutes to mean a person who is licensed to provide medical care.