Portland law firm Bullivant Houser Bailey has had its share of trouble recently with lawyers leaving-âlosing nearly two dozen this year, and 38 since 2007. Now, Bullivant canât meet its payments to those cashing out their shares in the firm. A confidential Oct. 18 letter obtained by WW says the firm owes former shareholders $1.6 million. Starting in 2012, the letter says, the firm will stretch out payments over 10 years, not the typical five. Managing shareholder Beth Skillern says Bullivant usually has one or two retirements a year. âWhen you have 30 shareholders leave, it creates a bigger financial obligation,â she says. Bullivant has about 60 lawyers now. To see the memo, go to wweek.com/bullivant.
Portlandâs Lone Fir Cemetery ranks ninth in National Geographicâs list of Top Ten Cemeteries to Visit, calling the Southeast Portland graveyard âone of the few cemeteries that allows the planting of a tree or garden to commemorate the dearly departed.â NatGeo notes Lone Firâs pioneersâ graves, crypts of captains of industry, and a planned memorial for Portlandâs early Chinese immigrants and patients of Portlandâs first mental hospital. As reported on wweek.com recently, Lone Fir is among the cemeteries managed by Metro that have seen vandalism increase this year.
Just because youâre paranoid...: Mary Jo Pullen-Hughes by her own estimate called journalists and government offices 75,000 times over the years. The Defense Department investigated her in 2009 after she called the Pentagon claiming to have information about a looming terrorist attack. At the Pentagonâs request, the Multnomah County District Attorneyâs Office charged her with telephone harassment; Circuit Court Judge Adrienne Nelson later acquitted her. Now, Pullen-Hughes has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the cities of Portland, Beaverton and Gresham, whose police allegedly took part in her arrest; Multnomah County for prosecuting and detaining her; and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other Obama administration officials for allegedly violating her free speech rights. She also says the government slandered her with âspurious statementsâ about her mental health.
BONAMICIIMAGE: Steel BrooksBallot time: Republican and Democrat voters in the 1st Congressional District should have received their ballots in the mail for the Nov. 8 special primary elections to replace former U.S. Rep. David Wu, who resigned in August after a sex scandal. WW has endorsed State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Beaverton) in the Democratic primary and Tualatin businessman Rob Cornilles on the GOP ballot. See our endorsements here.