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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
Helicopter Crashes Shouldn’t Mean Burns January 28, 2016 Fire-resistant crash systems have been available since 1977, but post-crash fires have resulted in at least 78 deaths since 1994 Helicopters have been unnecessarily igniting into flames after otherwise survivable crashes, killing passengers in post-crash fires, even though technology to prevent these fires has been available since 1977. In the early 1970s, the United States military tested helicopter crashes and developed systems that virtually eliminated post-crash fires, so if a military helicopter were involved in a survivable crash, passengers could walk away. With the research and technology for these crashworthy systems completed, researchers noted as early as 1975 that the next... Read more
Police Killing of Unarmed Black Man Leads to Record Settlement in Waterloo, Iowa: The Spence Law Firm, LLC and Frerichs Law Office, P.C. January 15, 2016 WATERLOO, Iowa, Jan. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The family of an unarmed 22-year-old man fatally shot by a Waterloo, Iowa police officer in 2012 has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, according to his attorneys at The Spence Law Firm, LLC and the Frerichs Law Office, P.C.   Derrick Ambrose, Sr., a decorated U.S. Army sergeant major with service in Iraq and Afghanistan, raised questions in the litigation about the local and state investigations of the incident, the city police shooting review board, and the Black Hawk County, Iowa grand jury presentation to justify the shooting of his son, Derrick Ambrose, Jr. The killing was part of “a pattern of constitutional... Read more
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Lawsuit Filed for Brain-Injured Truck Driver January 11, 2016 The Spence Law Firm has filed a carbon monoxide poisoning related lawsuit seeking damages for a brain-injured truck-driver and his wife. The Complaint was filed in the District Court in Converse County, Wyoming. The case stems from a CO-poisoning incident where carbon monoxide (CO) leaked inside Foy’s semi-truck cab, in October 2013. Mr. Foye was chronically and acutely exposed to carbon monoxide while driving and sleeping inside the cab of the truck. Foye sustained serious injuries including a brain injury as a result of the CO exposure. The Complaint alleges that the defendants negligently maintained, serviced, and/or repaired the truck that caused Mr. Foye’s injuries, and... Read more
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