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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

First shot fired in the 35W bridge collapse litigation

Schwebel Goetz & Sieben has become the first law firm to make a court filing pertaining to the 35W bridge disaster.

The Minneapolis firm -- which has a well-known practice in the personal-injury and wrongful death areas -- has filed a petition in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis seeking access for two experts it wants to inspect the collapse site, according to the Star Tribune. The firm is reportedly representing three unidentified victims of the collapse and the families of two individuals who were killed. (Click here for the Strib article.)

Jim Schwebel told the Strib the firm wants access before the opportunity to examine the site is forever lost by the dismantling of the bridge's wreckage.

One Minneapolis lawyer estimated that potential claims from the collapse against private contractors and their insurers could yield $1 billion, the article says.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"could yield $1 billion" Isn't that the way to look at it?

Ry said...

exactly, only thing lawyers like schwebel worry about is how big of a cash payout he can get for himself.