Washington Mudslide Victims’ Families File Lawsuit

October 29, 2014

Ten families of 14 Oso, Wash. mudslide victims are suing the state, county and a forest owner.

The Seattle Times reported the lawsuit alleges the disaster was not natural, but the result of a series of actions and inactions.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in King County Superior Court. The Seattle lawyer who filed the lawsuit (Corrie Yackulic) says state law allows some lawsuits to be filed in an adjacent county.

mudThe lawsuit claims the landslide formation that cut loose on March 22 had been studied extensively and the risks were well understood by local and state government as well as the owner of the land, but important information was not shared with homeowners.

It also alleges the state and county was not cautious enough when it allowed development below the side area.

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  • November 3, 2014 at 12:00 am
    norm nunnally says:
    The real problem lies in the County Planning and Development Department of Snohomish County, Geo reports had been done decades before on the probability of earth movement for ... read more
  • October 30, 2014 at 9:43 am
    More Fed Up says:
    If the state knew about the increased hazzard they should have let the homeowners know about it... Look at it this way, if you live in the midwest you know there is a chance o... read more
  • October 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm
    Fed Up says:
    You live at the base of a mountain. Anyone with even a slight understanding of nature, weather and/or geography understands that landslides are a 'when' not an 'if' situation.... read more

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