Seattle Schools settles sex-abuse case for nearly $250K

By Sara Jean Green | The Seattle Times A 22-year-old woman recently settled a lawsuit she filed against Seattle Public Schools over the alleged sexual comments and abuse she suffered as a 12-year-old at the hands of her computer teacher at Nathan Eckstein Middle School. The settlement is for a penny under $250,000, an amount that would have triggered mandatory notification … Read More

Federal Way agrees to pay out $125,000 for pickle ball accident

By David Ham | The Federal Way City Council agreed to pay a $125,000 settlement to a woman who said she slipped and fell playing pickle ball at the community center in 2013. Sabrina Martin claimed that she slipped on a sticky spot on a pickle ball court and fell to the ground sustaining serious injuries. Her attorney, Amanda Searle … Read More

Federal Way Council approves $125,000 settlement with woman who fell

By RAECHEL DAWSON |Federal Way Mirror Reporter  The Federal Way City Council unanimously approved a $125,000 lawsuit settlement on Tuesday night after a woman alleged the city was responsible for her fall at the Federal Way Community Center in February 2013. Sabrina Martin filed the lawsuit in March 2014 before requesting the city pay $450,000 in October 2014. Her medical … Read More

State to pay $8M to settle child abuse, neglect claim

By Brian Rosenthal |The Seattle Times OLYMPIA — Six siblings who said they suffered 2½ years of physical abuse and neglect while living with a family friend will get a combined $8 million from Washington state as part of a legal settlement reached this week. The King County children, who are now between 9 and 21 years old, said in … Read More

Federal Way loses appeal over officer’s actions

By Steve Maynard | The News Tribune The state Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a jury’s verdict that the City of Federal Way was negligent because its police officer failed to enforce an anti-harassment protection order, resulting in the death of a woman at the hands of her live-in boyfriend in 2008. The city had appealed a jury’s award in … Read More

Pierce County to pay $850,000 to 3 Washam employees

By Sean Robinson | The News Tribune Legal bills tied to Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer Dale Washam tripled Tuesday. County leaders settled a trio of claims for damages filed by current and former Washam employees. The collective payout: $850,000. The employees had originally sought a collective $3.5 million. The settlements announced Tuesday involved the following employees and amounts: Sally Barnes, former administrative … Read More

In officer’s testimony, Ostling less of a threat

By Tristan Baurick | The Kitsap Sun BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Bainbridge police are giving yet another version of what led an officer to fatally shoot a mentally ill man in his home more than a year ago. In the latest version, Douglas Ostling was shot well within his bedroom, possibly while closing his door, according to recent depositions of the two … Read More