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Engineers admit fault, fined $100G for their role in Utah mining tragedy

27 September 2013 Published in News
After years of denial, a trio of corporate consultants have finally admitted their role in a deadly 2007 coal mine collapse in Utah -- though, for families of the victims, the victory is more of a moral than a monetary one.  The negotiated settlement comes with just a $100,000 fine. The company Agapito Associates had been faulted by the federal government for their shoddy engineering analysis.  But as small as the final penalty is, the deal with the feds closes a painful chapter in Utah?۪s checkered coal mining history. ???It does seem like a shockingly low number,?۝ Ed Havas, an attorney representing a majority of the families of the victims, told ???But it is a victory in the sense that there is finally some acknowledgment (by Agapito) and it finishes up the last bit of pending litigation.?۝

Alan Mortensen has been retained by victims in the Asiana San Francisco plane crash.

18 September 2013 Published in News
An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul crashed on landing at San Francisco's airport Saturday, killing two passengers, injuring more than 160 and and forcing dozens of frightened passengers and crew to scamper from the heavily damaged aircraft before it was engulfed in smoke and flames.

Dewsnup, King & Olsen Attorneys Recognized By Super Lawyers

24 June 2013 Published in News
Ralph Dewsnup, David Olsen, Edward Havas, Paul Simmons, Alan Mortensen and Michael Worel have been recognized by Super Lawyers, a rating serice of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 different practice areas who have attained professional acheivement and peer recognition, as Super Lawyers in 2013. Colin King has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Mountain States Super Lawyers of 2013. He is one of the 100 Utah Lawyers who received the highest point totals in the nomination, research and review process. 

Clyde Cancer Cluster Plaintiffs Represented by Dewsnup, King & Olsen File a Lawsuit Against Whirlpool Corp (2)

16 June 2013 Published in News
A federal class action lawsuit was filed on Tuesday against Whirlpool Corp. regarding the Clyde Cancer Cluster. The lawsuit points to a new possible cause for the cancer cluster, linking the cancer cases to exposure to benzaldehyde, a compound that was found in the attics of five different homes  within a mile of Whirlpool's plant in Clyde. Whirlpool uses the compound in the porcelain process of manufacturing appliances at their Clyde plant. The families involved in the recently filed suit hired a consultant who collected dust samples from their homes. Their attorney, Alan Mortensen of Dewsnup, King & Olsen, said the dust samples revealed levels of benzaldehyde far above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. He goes on to say that the results provide the parents of these families some hope that they are going to get the truth now, but it's devastating to the city of Clyde.