Case Results

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
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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
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

April 23, 2010

Ranch House Barbeque v Department of Natural Resources – $800,000 settlement for landslide damage

A December 2007 storm in Western Washington caused a landslide which demolished a local restaurant, the award-winning Ranch House BBQ.  The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) allowed massive clear cutting, causing the landslide that destroyed Ranch House.  Darrell Cochran is a Tacoma attorney that handles cases involving damage from flooding, landslides and clear cutting.  The Ranch House BBQ case resembles the catastrophic disaster that occurred in March 2014 in the small town of Oso, WA, in Snohomish County, but on a much more isolated scale.  There was no loss of life in the Ranch House BBQ case, unlike in Oso.  Contact an attorney today for a free case evaluation to see if you may have a wrongful death or property damage lawsuit due to a mudslide or landslide that caused catastrophic damage.

Ranch House BBQ was demolished in a 2007 landslide in Olympia, WA

Result
  • Settlement: $800,000
Defendant(s)
Attorneys
News Coverage
August 15, 2008

Corey v. Pierce County, et al. – $3.075M Jury Verdict

Tom Vertetis worked with Ms. Corey’s attorney, who was seeking assistance as the case headed to trial. After a four week trial, the result was a $3.075 million jury verdict in King County for the wrongful termination and defamation of a 20-year decorated senior prosecutor from the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.
Law Library

Result
  • Jury Verdict: $3,075,000
Cause Number
  • King County: 06-2-14647-6 KNT
Defendant(s)
Attorneys
Documents
News Coverage
January 31, 2008

Mary Draper v. Pierce County Housing Authority D/B/A Eagles Watch Apartments

Pierce County Superior Court Cause No.:06-2-08334-8
$750,000 settlement on behalf of low-income housing residents forced to live in mold-contaminated apartments.
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December 21, 2007

Northern Oyster v. State of Washington, et al.

Pacific County Superior Court Cause No.:03-2-80472-5
Obtained $1.4 million jury verdict against the State of Washington for unlawful and tortious conduct that interfered with the client’s business expectations.

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