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Monday, 04 October 2021 12:46

Mahe Press Conference on Blind Safety

SALT LAKE CITY, October 4, 2021 (Newswire.com) - As a result of the September 21, 2021, Salt Lake County $25,000,000 jury verdict[1] that found that the window blind in the home of Reno and Sunny Mahe, was dangerously defective, causing Elsie Mahe's strangulation death on Nov. 22, 2016, and given the most recent strangulation death in Utah County of a young boy[2] and the discovery of other Utah children who have died and been injured on corded window coverings, Sunny and Reno Mahe will be holding a press conference, with their team of blind safety experts[3], on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Centerpoint Legacy Theater in Centerville, Utah. The Mahe's and their team, will be answering questions about how to make corded window coverings safe, especially in homes with small children.  

The Mahe's brought suit against the blind manufacturer, Century Blinds, in order to raise public awareness of the strangulation hazard corded blinds pose in homes with children. The Mahes want the public to know what they did not know. The jury found that Century Blinds, a California blind manufacturer with a large presence in Salt Lake City, manufactured corded blinds across the country for several years without putting a "no additional cost" tilt wand on their blinds, as opposed to tilt cord, which Century Blinds knew was a strangulation hazard to small children. Century Blinds also manufactured corded blinds without providing cord cleats, which should have been installed with the blinds. Cord cleats allow a parent to wrap around blind cords at a level above where children can reach. The blinds also came with a warning label that was not visible and did not meet ANSI Standards required of blind manufacturers to tell parents not to put furniture by window blinds. The jury heard testimony that, because of these defects, these blinds should have never been allowed in the Mahe home back in 2008 when they were installed.

When: Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at 11 a.m. MST

Where: Centerpoint Legacy Theater, 525 North 400 West, Centerville, Utah

[1] https://www.sltrib.com/news/2021/09/22/jury-awards-m-former-byu/

[2] https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/utah-infant-dies-friday-after-getting-tangled-in-window-blind-cords?fbclid=IwAR3QoGABZNBhp2Z86Za2i5AtqHYSYpNmjB60SCmCoec8kP-HJNo-BvlAOSw

[3] https://osclaw.com/jim-corrigan/ https://osclaw.com/jim-oleary/https://www.dkowlaw.com/attorneys/item/22-alan-w-mortensenhttps://www.dkowlaw.com/attorneys/item/27-lance-l-milne

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Monday, 04 October 2021 12:44

2021 Verdicts

DKOWHM is very proud of the litigation team of Alan Mortensen, Lance Milne and Christopher Cheney in receiving and collecting over $62,000,000 in jury verdicts and settlements so far in 2021, including what is believed to be the largest wrongful death verdict for a minor child in Utah history ($25,000,000) and the largest single plaintiff settlement in Utah history.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 12:10

Trucking Case Settlement

Lance Milne, along with co-counsel, successfully settled a very difficult and hotly contested trucking collision case against a Utah trucking company and its truck driver. The collision resulted in the death of a 67-year old man, and was settled in the amount of $2 million.

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Monday, 18 May 2020 09:54

Wrongful Death of a Minor Resolved

DKOWHM is honored to work with Alan Mortensen and Lance Milne, who favorably resolved a Utah wrongful death case of the loss of a minor child in the amount of $2,000,000.

Published in News & Publications
Monday, 18 July 2016 11:29

Peter Summerill

Peter Summerill has dedicated his entire career to helping the families and victims of carelessness and shoddy products. Straight out of law school, Pete hoisted his own shingle and started a solo personal injury and wrongful death law practice. Twenty-one years later, he still takes on cases involving wrongful death and catastrophic injuries against some of the nation's largest insurance companies and manufacturers. No matter how rich, famous, poor or down-and-out, victims of negligence find themselves at the mercy of large corporations. Insurance companies, hospitals and corporations always dig in and deny, dispute and defend any claim where victims seek compensation for the negligence, carelessness, incompetence or outright stupidity that caused so much loss to people. Pete works for people first. Pete handles cases involving: wrongful death, products liability, birth injury, trucking accidents and medical malpractice. His goal is, always and first, to help families and individuals gain an understanding of what happened, why it happened, and, how can our court system can help try to make things right.

Pete has extensive trial, arbitration, mediation and appellate experience representing the personal injury victims and the heirs in wrongful death cases. In trial, mediation and arbitration, Pete obtained multi-million dollar+ verdicts and awards driven by a relentless pursuit of the individuals at fault. As an appellate attorney, he has worked on several landmark decisions including Spackman v. Board of Education (constitutional right to free and public education), Bybee v. Abdulla (medical malpractice arbitration agreement was struck down as binding on wrongful death heirs), and Dexter v. Bosko (recognizing self-executing civil rights of inmates as specified in Utah Constitutional Article 1, sec. 9). Other lawyers regularly employ his assistance as co-counsel in cases at both the trial court and appellate court levels.

Pete leverages technology at every opportunity during the litigation process. He was the first lawyer in the United States to use an iPad for presentation of evidence during a jury trial, obtaining a $370,000 verdict in a case with a low-ball $5,000 settlement offer. 

Now more than 20 years in practice, Pete has gained the respect of his professional peers and the larger legal community. He is regularly named to Utah Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite”; was honored as a Utah Association for Justice Rising Star; was named one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100; and, was tapped for the peer reviewed Super Lawyer list. He serves on the Utah Jury Instruction Committee; the board of directors for the Utah Association for Justice, and was a member of the Utah Supreme Court’s ethics screening panels for six years. In his personal life, Pete is the overly proud father of one daughter, a snowboarder without apology, a mountain biker when the snow melts, and, an occasional potter.

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