Many people choose vaping “e-cigarettes” believing it is a safer alternative to smoking and the long term risk of lung cancer. But some vaping products around the country are leading to a quick and deadly lung illness.
On July 26, 2019, Karen Koehler of Stritmatter Kessler Koehler Moore was honored with the Mel Award, in San Diego, California. Her work in the four-months long Ride the Ducks trial, resulting in a $123 million verdict, was an extraordinary and nationally recognized achievement in advocacy.
Companies like Uber and Lyft have long avoided legal responsibilities like worker benefits and injury victim compensation by claiming their drivers are “independent contractors.” Last month, the Washington Supreme Court took a small but notable step toward recognizing that “on-demand” drivers are not “independent contractors,” but are in fact “employees.”
The Stritmatter Firm was tickled pink when this years’ Washington State Super Lawyers magazine cover story profiled Karen Koehler for her “frequently unconventional” yet compelling trial strategies including the unprecedented Ride the Ducks verdict.
The Stritmatter firm represents individuals who have developed cancer from occupational exposure to “Roundup.” Roundup is the trade name that Monsanto Corporation gave to glyphosate—a chemical it developed and marketed as an herbicide. Roundup (glyphosate) is effective in killing unwanted weeds without harming other plants, such as many farm crops and gardening plants. It is the most widely-used herbicide worldwide and in the United States, especially in farming, forestry, and landscape maintenance.
Washington State has strong legal protections for people who are injured by a defective product. The law holds manufacturers responsible when their products are not reasonably safe due to how they were designed or constructed, or because adequate warnings or instructions were not provided.
After a spinal cord injury, it can be hard to picture what the future looks like. Without question, there are major life changes ahead. But new technology, medical breakthroughs, and social support are helping victims of spinal cord injury more than ever before live rich and fulfilling lives.
As an all-too-frequent motorist, and insufficiently frequent road cyclist, who enjoys the activity but not the fear and aggression that are all-too-regular effects when motorist impatience and cyclist entitlement clash, I’m happy to see our state take a firm and clarified stand in favor of mobility and safety for all…
Our state’s Wrongful Death bill was completely overhauled today in a landslide vote by the legislature.
After five international students were killed in the Ride the Ducks Aurora Bridge crash, the community was upset to learn that the claims of the students over the age of 18 who did not have dependents (children) was strictly limited because of an ancient law whose roots were traced to racist rationale. Washington was one of only three states to still have wrongful death laws like this on the books.