Attorneys

March 15, 2014

J.N., et al. v. Boy Scouts of America, et al. – Confidential Settlement

Four men have settled their claims against the Boy Scouts of America for sexual abuse they suffered as young boys between 1979 and 1986 at Fire Mountain Boy Scout Camp by the camp’s Aquatics Director, Charles S. Grewe. Since at least 1979, the Boy Scouts knew Grewe was a pedophile based on complaints of abuse made by other young scouts. Almost every year between 1979 and 1987, young boys at Fire Mountain camp reported to camp leaders that Grewe sexually abused them at the swim beach. Similarly, in 1981, young boys from Troop 41 in Lake Stevens, WA, reported that that Grewe sexually abused them during Scout meetings. That information was immediately reported to the Scout Executive of the Evergreen Area Local Council, but Grewe, who was heavily decorated and considered a “respected member of the Scouting community,” was allowed to remain in various leadership positions in Scouting, including his close work with children at Fire Mountain Scout camp. Meanwhile, outside of Scouting, Grewe worked as a bus driver for various elementary schools in the Everett School District. Finally, in 1988, Grewe was arrested and convicted for numerous sexual offenses against children after he was found to have sexually abused a number of boys and girls on the school bus. In 1988, the Boy Scouts of America met with Grewe to discuss the numerous allegations of abuse, and finally suspended him from Scouting, action they should have taken almost ten years earlier.

4 Tents set up at Camp

Result
  • Settlement: Confidential
Defendant(s)
Attorneys
March 11, 2014

R.R. v State of Washington DSHS – $3,000,000 Settlement

Great result for our client, R.R. $3,000,000 settlement with DSHS for years of repeated rape and child sexual abuse at the hands of her abuser, the father of her 2 children. CPS had many chances to intervene in her horror story, but neglected to follow their own procedures. Even after her abuser kidnapped her during CPS’ involvement, the agency failed to contact law enforcement or otherwise take action. As a result, she was raped and abused for over a decade while living in hiding throughout Idaho and Utah.
Accused Child Abuser

December 5, 2013

McLean v. City of Kelso – $375,000 Settlement

PCVA attorneys settled with 4 public agencies over the wrongful death of confidential police informant, Jeremy McLean. Jeremy was an undercover operative for law enforcement in Southwest Washington. After a successful sting netted one of the area’s biggest heroin dealers, Jeremy was outed as an informer. The dealer put a bounty on Jeremy’s life. And just two weeks before Jeremy was set to testify for the prosecution, the dealer executed Jeremy with four shots to the head. Jeremy’s family contended that the police agencies he was working with knew about the threats to Jeremy’s life but did nothing to protect him. As a result, Plaintiffs contended law enforcement created an unconstitutional danger to Jeremy and were negligent in his death.
Jeremy McLean Helped the Police Convict Criminals

Result
  • Settlement: $375,000
Cause Number
  • Clark County, 12-2-00851-9
Defendant(s)
  • Wahkiakum County
  • Cowlitz County
  • Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force
  • Cowlitz County Offender Services
  • City of Kelso
  • City of Longview
Attorneys
News Coverage
December 4, 2013

Confidential v. State of Washington (DSHS) – $425,000 Settlement

Darrell and Loren Cochran represented a family in a case against the WA State Department of Social and Health Services for negligent supervision of a convicted rapist. The child victim was sexually molested in her home hundreds of times by a juvenile parolee who was negligently allowed to be left alone with minors, in spite of a court order stating he was barred from “unsupervised contact with anyone 2 years younger” than himself. DSHS performed a home visit, saw that minor children were also living in the residence, and yet failed to remove the offender or even warn the family of the parolee’s previous crimes.Generic City Jail

Result
  • Settlement: $425,000
Cause Number
  • Court of Appeals, Div II (WA): 44065-2-II
  • Pierce County: 11-2-08294-1
Defendant(s)
Attorneys
October 24, 2013

Webster v. Bainbridge Island School District – $300,000 Verdict

Tom Vertetis and Liz Calora have won a verdict in a private trial for their client, B.W. against the Bainbridge Island School District for negligence. B.W., then an autistic 14-year-old, was bullied and sexually harassed repeatedly and school administrators ignored concerns from parents and teachers for months, until the police became involved. “This is an important verdict for families with disabled children in the public school system,” said plaintiffs’ lead trial attorney Tom Vertetis. “This sends a clear message that bullying of any children, let alone our most vulnerable children is clearly unacceptable. The criminal trial of one of the perpetrators indicated the victim was bullied over 75 times with separate incidents of harassment.Bainbridge Island School District

Result
  • Settlement: $300,000
Cause Number
  • Kitsap County: 10-2-00346-2
Defendant(s)
  • Bainbridge Island School District
Attorneys
News Coverage
September 6, 2013

Jane Doe v. Olympia School District – $750,000 Settlement

Darrell Cochran and his team have settled a second lawsuit against the Olympia School District for child sexual abuse of a girl by bus driver, Gary Shafer. Shafer admitted to sexually assaulting at least 30 children aboard Olympia School Buses. He pled guilty in August 2011 to molesting three kindergarten bus riders and is now serving 15 years in prison. Gary Shafer “rode-along” other bus drivers’ routes to sexually groom his victims and the Olympia School District did not stop that from happening.
Olympia School District Bus

Result
  • Settlement: $750,000
Cause Number
  • Thurston County: 11-2-01970-2
Defendant(s)
Attorneys
May 13, 2013

Larson v. Ecoflame – $5,375,000 Settlement

Jason Amala and his father, Oregon attorney Carl R. Amala of Harris Wyatt & Amala, LLC, represented Ms. Larson in a personal injury suit over an injury caused by an exploding gel fuel product, called Ecoflame. The “refillable,” “non-explosive” gel fuel product shot flaming gel out of the bottle as someone refilled an Ecoflame can, and Ms. Larson suffered second and third degree burns on approximately one-third of her body. Ms. Larson, a retired teacher of human development, hopes news of the settlement will prevent other people from being injured. Nine manufacturers of similar gel fuels have recalled their gel fuel products.Ecoflame Fuel Gel

Result
  • Settlement: $5,375,000
Cause Number
  • Marion County, OR: 11C18520
Defendant(s)
  • Ecoflame International, Inc.
Attorneys
News Coverage
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March 23, 2011

Quincy Reynolds v. Franciscan Health Systems-West, et als.

Tom Vertetis represented an eighty-four (84) year old woman left with paraplegia and a resulting grade IV decubitus ulcer following post-operative complications and hypovolemic shock. The matter reached settlement for a confidential amount.
Hospital Interior

Result
  • Settlement: Confidential
Cause Number
  • Pierce County: 09-2-12719-6
Defendant(s)
  • Franciscan Health Systems-West, d/b/a St. Joseph Medical Center, et als.
Attorneys
August 10, 2010

Larson v. WA State Department of Corrections – $4.25M Settlement

Darrell L. Cochran and his client, Kathie Lee Larson settled their case with the Washington State DOC for $4,250,000.  Kathie was run down by a mentally-ill DOC parolee in a stolen car, causing life-altering brain injuries.

Kathie Larson suffered a number of traumatic injuries, including brain damage, when Aiyisha Gillespie allegedly ran her down with a stolen car in June 2008. Larson was crossing a street in downtown Tacoma at the time. She was comatose for three weeks and hospitalized for six months.
larson_accident_scene

July 16, 2010

Ravenell v DSHS – $2.1M Settlement for DSHS Negligence

DSHS failed to investigate allegations of abuse reported by a father in mother’s home.  3-year old boy, Michael Kekoa Ravenell, was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend, who DSHS failed to learn from its own computer database was a chronic abuser of children.
mike

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