Judge: Final lawsuit from Oso landslide can go to trial

SEATTLE -- A judge says the final wrongful death lawsuit from the devastating Oso mudslide of 2014 can go to trial later this year.

The Daily Herald newspaper reports that King County Superior Court Judge Roger Rogoff issued the ruling last week. It allows attorneys for the family of Steven Hadaway, one of 43 people killed in the slide, to argue most of their points in court.

The slide wiped out an entire neighborhood off of Highway 530. Hadaway was a 53-year-old Marine Corps veteran from Darrington who was in the neighborhood to install a satellite dish.

The family is suing the state of Washington and a private timber company, who had asked the judge to dismiss most or all of the case. The family alleges their actions helped cause the slide.

Other cases against the state and the timber company, Grandy Lake Forest Associates, have been settled for more than $70 million.

The Hadaway case is set for trial Oct. 28.