Attorney Tom Vertetis holding crumpled paper

Hunter Donaldson and MultiCare Class Action – $7,500,000 Settlement

About the case

As part of a $7.5 million settlement, Tacoma health care giant MultiCare Health System has agreed to invalidate many of the improperly notarized liens it had placed on patients’ court settlements after they were injured due to another driver’s negligence.

The improper liens on medical bills were placed on patients’ settlements through an intermediary, the now‐bankrupt California company Hunter Donaldson. The liens placed by Hunter Donaldson prevented thousands of patients from accessing cash that they were awarded in personal‐injury settlements. Tacoma attorney Darrell Cochran of the law firm Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, applauded MultiCare’s willingness to step up to the plate and do the right thing. “MultiCare stepped up and answered its patients’ calls for a change of course,” Cochran said. “It severed ties with a bad vendor, acknowledged these liens are invalid, and agreed to give back the money they took from everyone.”

“The business of medicine should not be allowed to harm the public’s trust in the practice of medicine,” he also said. “And that’s definitely what was happening here.”


  • Settlement: $7,500,000

Cause Number

  • Pierce County, No. 13-2-08746-0


  • MultiCare Health System
  • Hunter Donaldson, LLC


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