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

  • Settlement: Confidential
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

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

  • Settlement: $300,000
Cause Number
  • Kitsap County: 10-2-00346-2
  • Bainbridge Island School District
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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

  • Settlement: $750,000
Cause Number
  • Thurston County: 11-2-01970-2
May 10, 2010

Jane Doe III v DSHS – $995k Settlement for Sexual Harassment

Western State Hospital supervisor sexually harasses employee.  Recovery prompts the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to revamp its sexual-harassment policies and training.  PCVA can keep your case confidential and protect both your privacy…and your rights. Please contact one of our attorneys today if you feel you have a similar case and we’d be happy to have a confidential conversation about your legal options.

Western State Hospital

January 25, 2009

Linda Bang et al. v. State of Washington Department of L&I

Pierce County Superior Court Cause No.:08-2-06650-4
$800,000 settlement for three female employees who had been targeted by co-workers & supervisors for sexual harassment & retaliation.
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December 21, 2008

P.C. v. The Salvation Army, et al.

King County Superior Court Cause No.:05-2-02400-3
$500,000 settlement for victim abused by a Salvation Army coach & employee.

December 21, 2007

A.H., et al. v. Christian Faith Center

King County Superior Court Cause No.:04-2-36590-2
$705,000 settlement for the family of a victim of abuse by a minister of the Christian Faith Center.

December 21, 2007

J.S. v. The Corporation of the Catholic Archbishop of Seattle

Cause No.:04-2-40947-1
$2.4 million settlement for three brothers abused by Father Ed Boyle, a priest of the Seattle Archdiocese.

December 21, 2007

P1, P2, P3 v. The Corporation of the Catholic Archbishop of Seattle, et al.

King County Superior Court Cause No.:04-2-15884-2
$1.075 million settlement for two victims of abuse by Seattle priest Father John Cornelius.

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