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.
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.
In 2014, Stanley and Joan Kinger were leaving their daughter’s house in Monroe, where they had just delivered lemon cookies and fresh-caught fish. On the way home, the Kingers’ vehicle was struck head-on by another driver on Highway 522, near Fales Road. The Kingers both died.