Darrell Cochran is a Partner at Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC. Darrell’s record speaks for itself. He has won hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients in some of the most-daunting cases. His opponents are powerful and include some of the country’s largest corporations and government agencies. His goal is to take down these Goliaths and make them pay for the wrongs they have committed against the injured.
Predatory behavior is almost always preceded by grooming, which is a tactic used to break down barriers and normalize sexualized contact or conversations. Usually, grooming comes in the form of a friendship, where the predator will constantly test and push boundaries. However, not all predatory behavior has grooming elements, and sometimes the predator seeks to isolate an individual and/or offer them alcohol or drugs to break down barriers.
This settlement is one of the largest school district settlements that I’m remembering. It’s indicative that the Issaquah School District recognized how badly it behaved and how badly Courtney was injured. It should help school districts all over the state take notice that when you make a mistake like this, you’re going to be held accountable.