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WA Appeals Court Reinstates $98.5M Jury Verdict in Wrongful Death Case

A Washington state appeals court has reinstated the $98.5 million verdict awarded to the parents of Susan Cox Powell in 2020, according to court documents released Tuesday.

Chuck and Judy Cox sued the state of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) in 2013 following the murder-suicide involving their son-in-law, Josh Powell, and their two grandchildren, Charlie and Braden Powell, in February 2012.

Charlie and Braden were at a supervised visit when their father, Josh Powell, locked out the social worker and attacked the boys with a hatchet. Josh Powell, who was a suspect in the disappearance of the boys’ mother, Susan Cox Powell, then set the house on fire before killing himself.


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