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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.224.5858

Joshua M.F. Sasaki

Partner
  • Regularly represents investor-owned utility in a variety of litigation-related matters, including multiple lawsuits and demands arising out of the failure of a dike that flooded approximately 2,300 acres of farmland, a golf course and a state highway, contract-based claims by customers over rate increases, disputes with public utility districts over terms of power purchase agreements, claims against a contractor for an explosion at a power plant, litigation relating to the contamination of a power plant's natural gas fuel supply, and challenges relating to the constitutionality and legality of certain taxes. 
  • Defended publicly traded manufacturer against breach-of-contract claim by foreign distributor, seeking approximately $100 million in damages. Court granted summary judgment in favor of client. 
  • Successfully recovered over $100 million in minority oppression dispute between two shareholders of closely held company. Also obtained changes to board of directors and corporate governance in favor of client. 
  • Recovered multimillion-dollar settlement on behalf of a helicopter company against manufacturer in antitrust and breach-of-contract dispute.
  • Obtained dismissal (and indemnification) of independent director in minority oppression lawsuit between members of a prominent Portland real estate family.
  • Recovered reimbursement of defense costs from director and officer liability insurer after client shareholder group successfully assumed control of publicly traded company through litigation and proxy contest.
  • Represented golf course in dispute with developer over fraudulent misrepresentations concerning financial partner.
  • Recovered more than $50 million from multiple insurance companies involved in the Archdiocese of Portland bankruptcy.
  • Defended manufacturer of building products in several product liability and construction-defect actions and disputes. Cases have been resolved through arbitration and settlement. 
  • Successfully defended landlord of automobile repair facility in wrongful-death and catastrophic-personal-injury litigation resulting from gasoline and natural gas explosion. Case was resolved after mediation. 
  • Defended manufacturers of commercial vehicles and industrial engines in multiple product liability and breach-of-warranty actions in state and federal courts in Oregon and Washington.
Successful defense of wrongful death case arising in products liability case, including recovery of attorney fees. Client: Defendant URS Electronics, Inc. Claims: Wrongful death, loss of consortium, strict liability, and negligence claims arising from the distribution of two-way radio components containing phenolic resins which plaintiff claims caused him to contract Mesothelioma. In this “new wave” asbestos case, we cross-claimed on behalf of the distributor against radio manufacturers GE, RCA, Motorola, and Raytheon based on indemnity in contribution . . . breaking the traditional practice among asbestos defendants to unite. We also filed a motion for summary judgment against plaintiffs, which was heard by the court on the “eve” of trial. The court granted summary judgment to URS alone and dismissed the multi-million dollar claims against URS. Claims against insurers resulted in reimbursement of defense costs.
Successful defense of homeowners association board and the recovery of costs and attorney fees in the face of multimillion-dollar claims. Recovered more than $1 million in attorney fees and costs and disbursements. Plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction was denied. Claims against Rippling River Association and its board included breach of fiduciary duty, breach of state statutes relating to homeowners association and master plans, and violation of homeowners association articles and bylaws. The case involved an effort by minority members to take over the board of a homeowners association and recover millions of dollars in damages and attorney fees based on, among other things, failure to obtain proper membership vote for change in voting procedures and election of directors.
Defended reimbursement district against writ of review and court of appeals challenges.

Successful defense of board member, including recovery of costs and attorney fees in the face of multimillion-dollar claims for breach of fiduciary duty and related derivative claims. On the first day of trial, after several days of evidentiary hearings, personal damage claims against Ann Widmer (independent director) amounting to more than $6 million were dismissed with prejudice. The court ruled that Ms. Widmer was entitled to mandatory indemnification by the corporation, H. Naito Corporation. Claims included breach of fiduciary duty, derivative claims, and recoupment of attorney fees and costs paid for indemnification against Ms. Widmer and another independent director in connection with a lawsuit by minority shareholders based on breach of fiduciary duties and oppressive conduct.

Recovered multimillion-dollar settlement in antitrust dispute.
Recovered $15 million in breach-of-contract, successor liability, fraudulent transfer, and corporate piercing action arising out of sale of business. Settled after eight days of jury trial in federal court.
Assisted industrial client with multimillion-dollar claim against a contractor that damaged plant equipment when performing contracted services, causing four-day shutdown of operations.
Successfully represented board of homeowners association for golf course and resort in derivative action. Also obtained insurance proceeds from directors and officers liability insurer in related federal coverage case.
Settled multimillion-dollar sex abuse claim against religious institution. Obtained insurance coverage despite "lost policies."
Managed defense of entity and owner against state environmental and county land use enforcement proceedings and assisted in acquiring, planning, and transferring operations to industrial park property.
Recovered more than $50 million from multiple insurance companies involved in the Archdiocese of Portland bankruptcy.
Represented golf course in dispute with developer over fraudulent misrepresentations concerning housing and financial partner.
  • Defended manufacturer of building products in Oregon state-court strict product liability action involving roof shingles. Case was resolved on the first day of trial. 
  • Defended commercial engine manufacturer in Washington state-court action involving allegations of breach of implied and express warranties and spoliation in connection with the alleged failure of the engine. 
  • Defended commercial engine manufacturer in Washington state-court action involving allegations of negligent manufacture of a diesel engine. 
  • Defended manufacturer of respirator in asbestos action. 
  • Defended manufacturer of pacemaker in products liability action alleging defective manufacturing. 
  • Defended manufacturer of ATVs in product liability action alleging defective design and repair. 
  • Represented automobile manufacturer in products liability action alleging that the automobile was defectively designed and manufactured. 
  • Defended manufacturer of building products in product liability and breach of warranty arbitration. Obtained dismissal on the first day of arbitration.