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Settlement for Oilfield Worker Severely Burned During Pipeline Cleaning Explosion August 31, 2016 On August 19th, 2013, Jerry Justice was working as a vacuum truck driver and sent to remote location outside of Meeteetse, Wyoming, to assist Saga Petroleum in evacuating natural gas liquids from a pipeline. On the day he was injured, Saga Petroleum was running a “pig” through the natural gas pipeline when the pig became lodged at a valve junction. Due to inadequate planning, improper equipment and unsafe actions at the worksite, the job site filled with volatile gas vapors. The natural gas vapors ignited engulfing the worksite in a fireball, which severely burned Jerry Justice. Jerry suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns to his hands, arms, head and neck. He also suffered severe... Read more
Breaking News: 1 Wyoming Man Killed, 3 Injured in XTO Energy North Dakota Oil Well Explosion Fire June 21, 2016 Breaking News.  According to a report from the McKenzie County, North Dakota Sheriff's Department, a well site explosion and fire this weekend in western North Dakota killed Wyoming worker Johny Stassinos, and burned and seriously injured three others.  The Sheriff's statement said Wyoming worker Richard Maheu, of Rock Springs, Daniel Montes, of Fruita, Colorado, and Justin Pyle, of Grand Junction, Colorado, were also injured in the explosion and fire on Saturday near Watford City, North Dakota. XTO Energy, the well-site operator, is a Houston-based subsidiary of ExxonMobil.  Preliminary investigation has indicated that a breach in the gas pipe may have ignited.  Although this is the... Read more
Wyoming Workers’ Memorial Day a Success May 5, 2016 On April 29, 2016 Lawyers and Advocates for Wyoming, along with the Wyoming Trial Lawyer's Association and the Equality State Policy Center hosted Wyoming's 5th Annual Workers' Memorial Day in Jackson, Wyoming. Workers' Memorial Day has several important purposes. First, to pause and pay respect to the many Wyoming citizens who lost their lives while working. Second, to acknowledge the tremendous suffering experienced by family members affected by workplace tragedies. And finally, to inform State leaders, policy makers and the general public about the importance of promoting workplace safety. Speakers at this year's event included Representative Stan Blake from Green River, Kristeen... Read more
Spence Law Firm Civil Rights Lawyers in the News March 24, 2016 We recently settled a civil rights wrongful death case in Waterloo, Iowa, for Derick Ambrose's family. In 2012, a Waterloo, Iowa police officer shot and killed 22-year-old Derick Ambrose. He was unarmed. And black. This week Derick's father, Derrick Ambrose Sr., authored an op-ed article in the Huffington Post, "Pursuing Justice for My Son, Another Unarmed Black Man Killed by Police." In this powerful piece, Derick Sr. reveals: "The lawsuit settlement, believed to be the largest in Iowa history for a police shooting, will not bring back my son, but it may raise awareness of what is wrong with law enforcement in Iowa and around the nation. I hope Derrick’s death can be a catalyst for... Read more
Spence Team Stresses Importance of Bike Safety March 4, 2016 Three members of the Spence team recently visited students in Cheyenne to discuss the dangers of distracted driving and safe biking. In an effort to keep Wyoming roads and the families who drive on them safer, Spence partner and President of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association (WTLA) Emily Rankin along with associate attorneys Mark Aronowitz and Noah Drew spoke to students at East High School in Cheyenne. Working in conjunction with the WTLA, the attorneys educated new drivers on how taking their eyes off the road for just a few seconds can have serious, even fatal, consequences. Rankin, Aronowitz and Drew walked the students through three types of distraction — visual, manual and... Read more
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