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.
This now-infamous case of alleged murder in Belize is finally set for trial on November 16, 2020 in Grant County, Washington.
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.
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.
Just minutes after the first firefighter arrived, officials declared the crash an “MCI—Mass Casualty Incident.” An MCI is an event where first responders are forced to suspend normal operations, such as normal recordkeeping, because there are too many victims to treat. Patients need to be triaged—sorted based on the severity of their injuries.
The worst mass transit disaster in Seattle history was unlike anything before it. An amphibious vehicle full of tourists broke an axle and rammed into a motor coach full of sightseeing international students. Three and half years later, 40 of the victims of the crash represented by Stritmatter Firm trial counsel obtained a record-setting $123 million verdict. These are the stories of the unimaginable carnage and loss, and the civil justice system at work. For more on the Ride the Ducks case and trial, see our Ride the Ducks page.
Both Ride the Ducks International (amphibious vehicle manufacturer) and Ride the Ducks Seattle (operator) have appealed the February 7, 2019 $123 million verdict against them.