February 14, 2011
As many of you may have read in an earlier posting, the State asked us to discuss settlement with them on February 9th and 10th in a formal process in front of a retired judge called “mediation”. We agreed to mediate the case and participated in good faith but, after two solid days of talks, the parties could not reach an agreement. Our goal is to protect the verdict for all of you and balance the risk of potential appellate court review of the trial court decisions and, ultimately, we felt the State’s position discounted the verdict and trial court decisions too heavily.
The next step for us happens this Friday, February 18th, when we enter judgment against the State for the $57 million verdict. This starts the process for the State’s deadline to appeal and also starts the clock running on the interest on the verdict. We will provide an update after that hearing on Friday.
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February 14, 2011
The parents of a 6-year-old girl who was molested on an Olympia School District bus route are suing the school district for $2.25M. See the following news article from The Olympian for comments from Tacoma attorney Darrell Cochran, who is taking the school district on in this case.
Link to The Olympian story
February 9, 2011
Tierra Crockrell, an outstanding track athlete, in the past few years has reached many accomplishments that some may not accomplish in their lifetime. She is an 8 time National Champion and holds national records in track & field. She was the 2009 AAU Primary National Champion in the 100m. She was the 2010 AAU Great Lakes Indoor National Champion in the multi-event, 55m dash, 200m and long jump; and the 2010 AAU Northern Indoor National Champion in the multi-event, high jump and long jump. Tierra also holds the world record in the long jump for 8 year olds. And most recently she was the 2010 AAU National Champion in the multi-event.
Tierra recently competed in the UW Indoor meet and had a chance to compete against college and a few high school athletes. What an awesome experience for a 9 year old!
February 8, 2011
The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) approached the class representative and class counsel several weeks ago and asked us to consider a settlement of the case before it files its appeal of the jury verdict and court decisions. W know that the class members have waited a long time for justice in this case. We want to make sure we get the best outcome for our clients. We want to explore any and all options to do so. We believe it is in the best interests of the class to explore whether the State has a reasonable offer at this time because the appeals process can take anywhere from a year and a half to three years before we learn whether the court system will allow us to recover the back wages owed in this case.
With that in mind, tomorrow and Thursday the lead attorneys and class representatives in the Rekhter v. DSHS class action lawsuit will be engaging with DSHS in a process known as mediation. Mediation is an attempt to come to a settlement agreement led by a neutral third-party, called the mediator. In mediation, both sides present proposals for a fair settlement. The mediator shuttles back and forth between the parties in order to bridge the gap between the alternate proposals. In this case, the mediator is a retired superior court judge. The process takes some time; this mediation is scheduled for two days. The mediator’s job is to bring the parties together. If a settlement is reached, the class will receive formal notice by mail and publication. However, if the parties fail to reach an agreement, the appeal process would continue as planned.
Please continue to visit our web site for additional updates with regard to this class action. We will post updates regarding any significant developments in the case.
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