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David O’Connor Wrestling Coach Sexual Abuse Case
Were you or someone you know sexually abused by David O’Connor at Curtis Junior High or elsewhere? Were you or someone you know groped or fondled during a supposed physical exam by David O’Connor?
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The following are impactful cases that Washington Law Center has been involved in.
Marysville to pay $3.5M to former students for alleged sex abuse
May 2022 – The Daily Herald – The Marysville School District is set to pay out $3.5 million and offer a written apology to two former students who say they were sexually abused by a longtime teacher.
The district settled the lawsuit over incidents from the 1980s. Kurt Hollstein remained employed until June 2021.
Marysville School District agrees to $3.5 million to settle sex abuse lawsuit
May 2022 – KIRO7 – The Marysville School District has agreed to pay $3.5 million to a couple of former students who said they were sexually abused by a longtime teacher.
The cases date back to the mid-80s, but the victims’ lawyers told KIRO 7 that the teacher was still employed by the district up until last year.
Both of the victims were members of the cheer team. They said the teacher would take them into the school’s darkroom, where he would touch them.
Longtime Marysville teacher accused of sex abuse in 1980s
March 2021 – The Daily Herald – A woman has accused her former teacher of sexual abuse in a lawsuit filed this week against the Marysville School District. The lawsuit accuses longtime art teacher Kurt Hollstein of grooming the girl, starting when she was in eighth grade. The abuse allegedly took place in the 1980s. As of this school year, Hollstein was serving as the athletic director at Marysville Getchell High School.
The alleged abuse reportedly took place around 1985, when the woman was about 14, said her attorney, Ashton K. Dennis. The plaintiff attended Marysville Junior High School at the time. “Defendant Marysville is strictly liable for the discrimination,” the lawsuit reads. Dennis is an attorney for the Washington Law Center.
Always Add Consequential Conditions to an L&I Claim
December 2020 – WSAJ Trial News – Our workers’ compensation clients very rarely present with straightforward injury scenarios. Common workplace injuries may initially involve the legs, such as hamstring or knee injuries; complaints about the lumbar and/or cervical spine; or repetitive use injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome. Claim allowance requires proof of a traumatic injury or the components of an occupational disease. But what about Claimant’s complaints after the claim is allowed?
What is to be done for claimants with leg injuries who trip and fall, and do more damage to their legs or other parts of their bodies? And what about claimants with upper body issues who strain their backs or necks? Enter the “compensable consequences” doctrine…
Amy Carnell Won’t Pursue Criminal Charges Against Soccer Coach She Accuses of Sexually Abusing Her as a Child
November 25th, 2020 – Seattle Times quoted Washington Law Center Partner and Sexual Abuse Attorney, Ashton Dennis, regarding a case involving the alleged sexual abuse of a soccer player by a former coach of hers.
19 People Trapped on Broken Ride at Washington State Fair
September 5th, 2018 – KING5 News discusses a state fair ride, run by Funtastic Traveling Shows, that malfunctioned endangering 19 people at the Washington State Fair.
Family, Hurt in Port Townsend Ferris Wheel Fall, Sues Ride Operator
November 6th, 2017 – KING5 News provides an update on a Ferris wheel accident in Port Townsend where the family involved is pursuing damages for pain and suffering from the ride operator as well as medical expenses and lost income from sustaining injuries that prevented both adult victims from being able to work.
State Revokes Operating Permit for Ferris Wheel After 3 Fall From Ride
May 24th, 2017 – KIRO7 News discusses updates on a Ferris wheel accident that caused 3 passengers to fall 30 feet to the ground in Port Townsend. Washington Law Center attorney Ashton Dennis represented the passengers in the lawsuit that resulted in the Washington Department of Labor & Industries revoking the state permit for Funtastic Rides Company’s Ferris wheel.
Former Seattle Student Files $3 Million-plus Claim Against District, Alleges Molestation
July 28th, 2017 – The Seattle Times discusses a lawsuit in which Washington Law Center attorney Ashton Dennis represented one of the victims of this horrendous crime. A 24-year-old woman filed a claim against Seattle Public Schools, alleging the district failed to protect her from a teacher she says molested her when she was in elementary school.
Yakima Union Gospel Mission sued over alleged child sex abuse
June 17th, 2019 – The Union Gospel Mission of Yakima is facing a lawsuit over allegations a male employee repeatedly sexually abused a little boy in the mid-1990s. The lawsuit says the employee groomed the boy for sexual abuse — starting when he was nine-years-old — and that the abuse took place at the mission itself.
Sub hurled book at 5th-grade boy, hitting his head and reopening stitches, lawsuit says
September 15th, 2017 – The News Tribune reached out to attorney Ashton Dennis for comment on a recent lawsuit against the Bethel School District. WLC is currently representing the student’s family.
Former Seattle student files $3 million-plus claim against district, alleges molestation
July 28th, 2017 – The Seattle Times discusses a lawsuit in which WLC attorney, Ashton Dennis is representing one of the victims in this horrendous crime.
Funtastic files for testimony after three are hurt in Ferris wheel fall
May 31st, 2017 – The Peninsula Daily News discusses ride operator, Funtastic filing a lawsuit in regards to a Port Townsend ferris wheel accicent. Attorney Ashton Dennis is quoted as he is representing the couple and the child that were involved in the accident.
Ferris wheel accident: ride operator is first to take legal action
May 27th, 2017 – Ashton Dennis was featured in this video on King5 defending his clients, who had been involved in a ferris wheel accident. This article features quotes from Ashton as well as a video featuring an interview with him.
23 Lawyers Share The Most Challenging Medical Lawsuits They Won
May 10th, 2017 – Washington Law Center attorney, Ashton Dennis was featured in this article for two difficult cases he won regarding medical malpractice.
Your Employee Got Hurt at Work. Now What?
April 10th, 2017 – If an employee is injured at work, follow these 3 steps to make sure they get the medical care they need and the Workers’ Comp benefits they may be entitled to. Our attorney Alden Byrd was featured in this article!
The Long Way Around: A Medical Malpractice Trial De Novo Verdict
February 2017 – Recently one of our paralegals, Jennifer Cott, teamed up with Tom Vertetis to win a verdict for a medical malpractice claim in Washington. The case was featured in the WSAJ Eagle Newspaper.
Parents sue Pierce County, health care provider after son dies in jail
August 3rd, 2016 – Attorney Ashton Dennis is representing the family of a Bonney Lake man who died last year while in custody in the Pierce County Jail has sued Pierce County in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.
Pierce County jury awards $16.7 million in swine flu death of pregnant Puyallup mother
October 27th, 2015 – A jury in Pierce County awarded the Washington’s largest medical malpractice award of that year to the estate of a Puyallup woman who tragically passed during the 2009 swine flu epidemic.
Retired Boxer Sues State Over Delays in Mental-Health Evaluation
November 23rd, 2014 – Attorney Ashton Dennis is representing Mr. Jonte Willis for his alleged lengthy pre-trial confinement against his Constitutional Rights. The State was ordered to provide Mr. Willis a mental-health competency evaluation following his arrest and instead chose to lock him in solitary confinement where his condition deteriorated.
Judge OKs $7.5 Million MultiCare Settlement
November 21st, 2014 – many accident victims took their next step towards recovery when Judge Costello entered preliminary approval of the class action lawsuit brought against MultiCare for its wrongful billing practices. Up to hundreds of WLC clients will be eligible for reimbursement and should receive notification in the mail in early December.
Malpractice Reform Does not Effect Intensity of Care
October 16th, 2014 – The New England Journal of Medicine published an article discussing three states, Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina that set out to reform its malpractice standard to reduce what it saw to be unnecessary care and wasteful spending. The results of the study concluding that by changing the malpractice standard for physicians from negligence to gross negligence had “little effect on the intensity of practice, as measured by image rates, average charge, or hospital admission rates.”
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