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
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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 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
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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

Result
  • Settlement: $750,000
Cause Number
  • Thurston County: 11-2-01970-2
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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

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

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
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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
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