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Welcome to our “On the Docket” page.  This page contains information about the DSHS cases in which we are currently representing clients.

Why These Matters Should Be Important to You.

When DSHS engages in egregious conduct that results in harm, catastrophic injury, mental anguish, and even death, we believe that the public has the right to know the facts and circumstances surrounding such cases, and to demand that DSHS change its methods so that such harm and injury does does not continue to occur.  On our website we will upload publicly available filings and may add our commentary to explain how a case is progressing through the court system.

In many of our cases, the facts are beyond tragic – they are appalling to any reasonably sensibilities.  Rapists are allowed unsupervised access to children.   Obvious physical and emotional neglect goes unreported.  People with violent criminal histories are allowed to interact with foster children.  Foster parents physically and sexually abuse and starve foster children.

In many of our cases, DSHS attempts to avoid liability by claiming ignorance of the critical facts as an excuse for its wrongful actions.  This cannot be tolerated.

Schmidt v. State of Washington – Snohomish Co. Case No. 11-2-04920-3

DSHS was aware that a convicted child rapist was allowed unsupervised access to six children by their mother.  When the mother and her sex offender husband absconded to New Mexico with the children, DSHS failed to notify the New Mexico authorities leaving the children to be horrifically abused, both physically and sexually.  We successfully settled this case for $9 million.

Click Here to see the complaint filed in this case.