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CORR CRONIN OBTAINS SIGNIFICANT SETTLEMENT AND SANCTIONS AWARD IN OSO LANDSLIDE LITIGATION
Corr Cronin and co-counsel obtained a $60 million settlement and one of the most significant spoliation sanctions awards in Washington state history in the Oso Landslide case. Guy Michelson and Emily Harris led the trial team for Corr Cronin pursuing wrongful death claims arising from the March 22, 2014 landslide at Oso, Washington, which claimed the lives of 43 people and destroyed a community. During expert discovery, Harris uncovered an agreement by the State’s experts, with the State Attorney General Office’s knowledge, to systematically destroy relevant evidence. After the willful spoliation of evidence was brought to light, the court issued a series of sanctions orders against the State on the eve of trial, which included an adverse inference jury instruction and a $1.2 million spoliation sanction. The State settled claims against it for $50 million the day before trial and the remaining co-defendant settled for $10 million shortly before opening statements were to commence.