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Poor Road Conditions Caused Fatal Cyclist Crash in LOTOJA Race

10 September 2012 Published in News
Robert Verhaaren, a Mesa Arizona resident, was a bicyclist competing as a cyclist in the LOTOJA bike race (the longest one-day bicycle race in the country, beginning in Logan, Utah and ending in Jackson Hole, Wyoming) on Saturday, September 8, 2012. He was approximately 8 miles south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming on Highway 89 when he crossed a bridge over the Snake River and encountered a hazard in the road, believed to have been a pothole, causing him to crash and fall 35 feet into the foot deep river below.  Sheriff Jim Whalen with Teton County said, "Verhaaren swerved to miss the hazard, over-corrected, lost control of the bicycle and crashed into the guardrail." Verhaaren was later pronounced dead and leaves behind his wife and three children.  Local residents have complained about the poor roads in that particular stretch of the LOTOJA race.  For More Information visit and

Paul Simmons & Alan Mortensen prevail in Fire Insurance Exchange v. Brady Blackner et al.

20 August 2012 Published in News
Paul Simmons and Alan Mortensen prevailed in the recent case of Fire Insurance Exchange v. Brady Blackner et al., decided by the Utah Court of Appeals on August 16, 2012.    

Logan Resident Not Happy About Canal Cover-up Plan

14 August 2012 Published in Blog
A Canal break in Logan Three years ago cost three people their lives and devastated the city of Logan. Attorney Colin King of Dewsnup, King & Olsen, represents the families of those killed in the incident. Three years later state engineers are ready to make some changes to Logan City canals.  They plan to re-build the irrigation system, making the area safer. But not all Logan residents are in support of this project. Many residents see the canals as landmarks in the community, people who live near the canals have incorporated the canals into their landscaping. However, these pioneer-era canals proved to be unsafe in July of 2009 when the barrier of a canal in South Logan broke. The uncontrolled water wiped out a home, killing a mother and her two children. The rubble was left covered in a mudslide and crews worked for days clearing the debris. After three years of study,…

Jetliner Air Safety Debate Sparked by Boeing Suit Settlement

14 August 2012 Published in Blog
A former flight attendant may be the first person in the U.S. to settle a lawsuit against Boeing Co. for a faulty aircraft design which allowed toxic fumes into the cabin cauing tremors, memory loss and headaches. Though the amount and specific details of the settlement were not made public as a condition of the settlement agreement, 250,000 pages of company documents turned over by Boeing to the plaintiff's legal team will likely heat up the long time battle over cabin air safety in commerical jetliners. For more on the settlement and the debate, go here.