December 9, 2011
The (Tacoma) News Tribune’s Adam Lynn is reporting that the King County Prosecutor’s office has charged 25 year-old Luis A. Rodriguez of Lacey, a former youth program director at the YMCA in Puyallup with one count of second-degree child molestation, one count of third-degree child molestation and one count of third-degree child rape. According to the report, Rodriguez was also an assistant coach for Puyallup’s Cascade Christian High School football team and a volunteer at Champions Centre church in Tacoma.
Court records indicate that much of the alleged abuse happened at a house on church grounds and at Rodriguez’s Federal Way home.
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December 2, 2011
Today, Judge Thomas McPhee awarded more than $95 million to our in-home care providers in the class action case of Rekhter v. State of Washington. In his ruling, Judge McPhee affirmed the original $57 million verdict from a Thurston County jury delivered back in February, and then added an additional $38 million in interest covering the 5-year timeframe when DSHS in-home care providers’ compensation was unlawfully cut by the State.
DSHS now has 30 days to appeal the final judgments (January 3). Based upon its prior actions, we anticipate DSHS will appeal straight to Washington’s Supreme Court. That process could take anywhere from a year and a half to two years or more. Washington’s Supreme Court tries to get opinions out within about 18 months from the date of an appeal (on average), but, in reality, they have as long as necessary to get their opinions out. Being a large case and public funds involved, the Justices could take their time with the appellate review. In the meantime, the judgment will collect 12% in interest, amount to roughly $30,000 per day on the total amount of the judgment. We will keep you posted as developments unfold.
We at PCVA are very proud to represent all of you. Your patience through this long and sometimes difficult process has been greatly appreciated. If you have any further problems with DSHS, the State of Washington or if you have any other legal matter where you feel your rights have been violated, please give us a call.
Read the 2011-12-02 FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW
Read the 2011-11-02 AMENDED FINAL JUDGMENT ON JURY VERDICT – PROVIDER CLASS
Read the 2011-12-02 FINAL JUDGMENT – CLIENT CLASS
Seattle Times: Judge: DSHS owes $96 million to caregivers