Clarke Griffin, LLC September 2015 Newsletter
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Read a Book Day

Q & A
Recovering damages for injuries caused by products.

Labor Day

New School Year Starts

Month of September
Hispanic Heritage Month
Tracing roots is one of the first ways in celebrating an individuals heritage. Most Hispanic Americans trace their roots to the cultures of those including the Arawaks (Puerto Rico), the Aztecs (Mexico), the Incas (South America), the Maya (Central America) and the Tainos (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and others). Others trace their roots to the Spanish explorers and to the Africans who were brought as slaves.

The observation of Hispanic Heritage Month started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
A Little Humor...
Lawyer Laughs
Q: Have you lived in this town all your life?
A: Not yet.

A Florida court ruled that exotic dancers must cover up one-third of their buttocks. Now, if only they could pass the same law for the cable guy, we'd be in great shape.

-Lawyers, Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC, 2007
"Read a Book Day" - September 6
Exploring Local Authors
Fall is approaching quickly and what a better way to enjoy the cool, crisp air and warm, comforting colors than to curl up with a good book? And to add to it, why not dig into words written by a local author?

Tricia Brown is a local St. Helens resident whose books range from children's stories to historical non-fiction. Before moving to Oregon, she lived for over 20 years in Alaska, the setting for most of her books. Check out one of her latest, St. Helens.

Are you familiar with Oregon guidebooks? William L Sullivan, the famous author for most of those books, is from Eugene, Oregon. Amongst his many guidebooks, he has also published four novels. If you're looking for one last adventure this summer, check out 100 Hikes/Travel Guide NW Oregon & SW Washington.

Looking for an Urban/Contemporary Fantasy book? Local author, Craig Andrews from Scappoose, Oregon, has the first two books of a five book series published. Check out Fracture (Book I) and Splinter (Book II). Keep your eye out for the third book to be released early next year.


Q & A

"Can a person recover for their injuries caused by a product that they are using?"
Yes, people recover damages everyday for products that have injured or harmed them. This is known as “products liability law” and has been a recent innovation in the law occurring over the last 50 years. Prior to the development of products liability law, consumers often could not recover for their injuries caused by defective products. American courts ultimately determined it was better public and legal policy to pass the risk of “dangerously defective products” to the producer and seller of the product. Types of product defects range from improper design, to faulty manufacturing, and even poor product instructions and inadequate warnings.
One of the most famous (or infamous) product liability cases involved Ms. Stella Liebeck who won a verdict of $1.8 million dollars from McDonald’s for injuries related to spilling a very hot cup of coffee in her lap. (Ms. Liebeck originally offered to settle her case against McDonald’s for $20,000. McDonald’s refused.) Few people know that Ms. Liebeck spent 5 days in the hospital and had medical costs of over $80,000 for her injuries. The particular McDonald’s outlet was serving its coffee more than 40 degrees hotter than other McDonald’s, because it felt it could sell more coffee if it was warmer. The case ultimately settled on appeal for $600,000.
This Month In History
On September 1, "Mary Had a Little Lamb" was published in 1830.

Though the first newspaper was published over 143 years before, on September 4, 1833, ten year old Barney Flaherty became the first Newspaper Carrier.

On September 13, 1788, New York City became the capital of the United States. Not too many years later the United States declares Washingtong, D.C. the permanent capital of the United States of America.

The first American newspaper was published on September 25, 1690. A single edition of Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick appeared in Boston, Massachusetts.
Monthly Community Calendar

September 2: Scappoose Police Dept. Ice Cream Social @ Grant Watts/Petersen (6-8:00pm)
September 7: Labor Day (Office Closed)
September 8-9: School is Back in Session
September 11-12: Parish Rummage Sale (9:00am-1:00pm)
September 17-20:"A Stitchin' Good Time" St. Mary's 45th Quilt & Crafts Fair (Vernonia)
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52490 SE 2nd St., Suite 100
Scappoose, Oregon 97056
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-Michael Clarke and Philip Griffin

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