Big Victory for New Corr Cronin Client Corr Cronin Michelson Baumgardner & Preece LLP recently obtained a
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
total victory for a new client, Labor Ready, Inc. A wrongful death
claim for $25 million was dismissed on summary judgment.
The Plaintiff alleged that Labor Ready, the biggest day labor company in the world, hired a Level III sex offender, Lawrence Owens, who had multiple prior violent felony convictions, without performing a background check. On January 2, 2004, Labor Ready placed Owens as a janitor at a YWCA, where the Plaintiff claimed Owens met Dori Cordova. Owens shot and killed Cordova, a single mother, on March 17, 2004
Gordon Thomas Honeywell, a firm with numerous multi-million dollar
personal injury judgments and settlements, brought suit against Labor
Ready on November 30, 2004. Initially Labor Ready hired one of the
largest firms in the Northwest to defend it. On May 24, 2005, Labor
Ready switched to Corr Cronin.
Corr Cronin immediately investigated the case, obtained a number of
favorable affidavits, took some key depositions, did its legal
research, and promptly moved for summary judgment based on lack of
legal causation. Plaintiffs filed a 62-page brief in opposition, along
with 18 opposing affidavits.
After hearing oral argument on Friday, September 9, 2005, the Pierce
County Superior Court granted Labor Ready’s motion for summary judgment
and dismissed Plaintiffs’ entire case. Kelly Corr, Kelsey Joyce and
Andy May defended Labor Ready.
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