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Posted on 18 December 2014

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Results Over $1 Million

Results Over $1 million

SKW attorneys worked to bring justice in the Monster Truck case. Sebastian Hizey & his father are pictured here.

For a comprehensive list of the law firm's $1 million & over cases, please review the 150+ case descriptions here.

Representative Cases

2014

  • Owen v. State of Washington ($10 million) Wrongful death and catastrophic injuries resulted after a massive tree along Stephens Pass crashed fell on the Owen family's car. Cheyl and Timothy Owen died, while Jessie, Jamie, and Steven sustained lifelong injuries.
  • Hesse, et. al. v. Sprint-- ($20 million) Class action verdict
    In 2006 with Sprint customers Christopher Hesse and Nathaniel Olsen as plaintiffs alleged in a consumer class action lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court and later removed to federal court that Sprint PCS engaged in misleading and illegal billing practices by charging all Sprint PCS customers in the State of Washington a tax that state law prohibited businesses from charging. Instead of acknowledging its illegal conduct and repaying the collected taxes to its customers, Sprint PCS started an 8-year legal battle that reached as high as the doorsteps of the United States Supreme Court. Sprint PCS spared no expense in defending its conduct and raised every legal loophole Sprint could conjure. Sprint first argued that it did not have to abide by state law and could go right on charging the illegal tax (and it did just that). Sprint finally argued that the courthouse doors were closed to its Washington customers and the case should be decided on an individual basis through a secret tribunal chosen by Sprint PCS from which there was no right to appeal. The settlement will fully reimburse every Sprint PCS customer who paid the illegal tax plus interest from 2002 to the present.
  • Remme v. State of Washington & City of Seattle -- ($4,000,000) WSDOT Bridge Inspectors photo-documented and reported a 2-inch vertical change between concrete sidewalk panels, calling it a Priority One “tripping hazard”. After assigning it a repair number, WSDOT did nothing else. One year later, on April 2, 2011, Lan Remme rode his bicycle onto this Montlake Bridge sidewalk, traveling at 5 mph. According to an eyewitness, at the very point of the 2-inch “tripping hazard”, his front wheel abruptly stopped, pitching him over the handlebars. His helmeted head struck the sidewalk, and he was left motionless. Lan is now an incomplete quadriplegia and suffered serious nijuries including right sinus and orbital facial fractures.
  • Verl & Marsha Lee v. Willis Enterprises & Daniel Fletcher-- ($3,800,000 verdict) On March 6, 2014, a Grays Harbor County Superior Court jury awarded Verl Lee and his wife, Marsha Lee, $3.8 million for painful and disabling injuries sustained in an electrical explosion at an Oakville chip mill.
  • Van Lears v State of Washington -- Keith and Lisa Van Lear suffered life threatening injuries, when a Jeep made a left turn into a dangerous intersection. After case moved to the State Supreme Court, the State of WA paid our clients a $3.75 million settlement.

2013

  • Munich v. Skagit Emergency Communications Center (June 2013). William Munich was on his property when neighbor Marvin Ballsmider starting to fire gunshots at him. William called 911 and listened to the dispatcher, who had told him that help was on its way. Unbeknownst to WIlliam, the call was not coded as a priority one emergency call. The deputy's car traveled without picking up speed and without sirens. William was shot dead minutes before the Skagit Co. officers arrived at the scene. Settlement for $2.3 million..
  • John Doe v. X Corporation (April 2013). A left turning driver failed to yield the right of way on a two lane road, to a motorcyclist who was lawfully coming the other direction. The middle aged auto mechanic attempted to avoid collision but was struck and went up and over the front of the truck’s hood. He suffered multiple orthopedic fractures and internal injuries. Settlement for $1.85M.

2012

  • Fogle v. Clark County, et al. (Nov. 2012). Closed head brain injury of a young woman who was a back seated passenger in a car. The vehicle was t-boned by a van into a utility pole at a poorly designed intersection. $4.3M jury verdict. $1M collected from corporation and its van driver, $2M paid by Clark County, $300,000 paid by vehicle driver.
  • Holden v. Farmers Ins Co. of WA (January 2012). A consumer class action settled on behalf of over 7,000 insureds who were improperly denied applicable Washington State sales tax on personal property losses.  The case settled following the Washington State Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision
    Results Over $1 million

    SKW brought justice for auto products liability client, Marissa Schneider, pictured here with her mother.

    upholding the trial court’s ruling in favor of the plaintiff/insured.  The case called for Farmers to pay sales tax plus 12% interest per annum to every insured who submits a valid claim form, plus $500,000 in attorney fees and costs.
  • Michelle v. Medical Group (March 2012). $1 million case in a medical negligence case for failure to timely diagnose Merkell cell cancer in a 50-year old woman.

2011

  • Confidential v. Confidential (June 2011). Case for $1,250,000 for wrongful death of 63 year old killed in a Western Washington nursing home as a result of negligent treatment.
  • Riddall v. Fred Meyer (August 2011). $2.5 million wrongful death case
  • Messner Estate v. Confidential (October 2011). Confidential wrongful death/product liability case.  Chain-shot fired through cab of a harvester, striking Messner in the neck.
  • Client (family of killed motor scooter driver) v. Defendant Motor Vehicle Driver (November 2011). $1.1 million wrongful death case for motor vehicle versus motor scooter accident.

2010

  • Magana, confidential 8-figure amount vehicle design jury verdict.
  • Gendler, $8 million bridge design case.
  • Perez, $7 million jobsite injury case
  • Results Over $1 million

    SKW nursing home abuse client, Jeff Sanderson with his mother Gwynn. A large jury verdict was awarded.

    Confidential  $5 million plane crash  case. 
  • Confidential, $2.85 million automobile accident injury with airbag failure case.
  • Maislen $2.5 million automobile accident injury jury verdict. 
  • Cooper, $2.3 million jobsite death case. 
  • Glantz, $2.25 million defective roadway crossing case.
  • Dowrey, $2 million defective play equipment case. 
  • Meiklejohn, $1.1 million automobile accident injury/pedestrian case. 
  • Jane Doe (confidential plaintiff), $1 million failure by a Tribe to properly supervise resulting in a rape case.

2009

  • Hizey, (confidential amount) monster truck rally case
  • Brown, $3.225 million air crash case.
  • Samples, $2.94 million trucking and bad faith case.
  • Confidential plaintiff, $1.85 million (confidential) jobsite injury case
  • Barnum, $1.3 million trucking crash case.
  • Caffrey, $1.025 million trucking crash case.