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On March 17, 2022. Alan Mortensen and Lance Milne presented at the Trial Lawyers University on “Window Blind Strangulation - $25 Million Wrongful Death Verdict + Punitive Damagesspoke at the Utah Association for Justice Plaintiff’s Exchange on their $25,000,000 Wrongful Death Verdict in Salt Lake County.  Click here to watch.  $25M Window Blind Strangulation Wrongful Death Verdict | Jim Corrigan, James O'Leary, Alan Mortensen, Lance Milne; Hosted by John Campbell | 03/02/22 | Trial Lawyers University (tluondemand.com).  In February of 2022, Mr. Milne and Mr. Mortensen presented at the Utah Association for Justice Plaintiff’s Exchange on this verdict also.

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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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October 04, 2021

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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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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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.

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