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Discovery hit with wrongful death lawsuit after woman dies during filming – Fox News

Published June 14, 2013
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The family of a woman who was killed when pyrotechnics malfunctioned during a TV shoot is suing the Discovery Communications, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Terry Flannel’s family is suing the network because they say she died when a rocket was set off for the filming of the opening scene of “Brother in Arms,” a 2011 pilot that never made it to air. Five individuals were supposed to walk through a cloud of smoke for the scene, but the effects malfunctioned and hit Flannel, killing her.
Her husband, Melvin Bernstein was set to appear in the pilot alongside his wife. He and other family members filed the wrongful death lawsuit.
The lawsuit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, charges that the network used unsafe special effects.
“Discovery and Anthropic utilized two pyrotechnic devices that Discovery and Anthropic knew had not been manufactured by a licensed and experienced manufacturer of pyrotechnic devices.”
The family adds that the show did not have the proper permits to perform the effects.
“Neither Discovery nor Anthropic had sought or obtained any permit from the proper governmental authority authorizing the use of pyrotechnic devices during the production of the ‘Brother in Arms’ pilot.”
A rep for Discovery declined FOX 411’s request for a comment on the lawsuit.

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City of Napa Faces Wrongful Death Claims After Richard Poccia was Killed by … – Opposing Views

OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) – Napa must face wrongful-death claims after a man was shot in the back of the head while unarmed and possibly handcuffed, a federal judge ruled.     Police officers had responded to the home of Richard Poccia on Nov. 28, 2010, when the 60-year-old nurse was in a state of mental health distress, his family claims.     Though Poccia told police on the phone that he would come out of his house unarmed, Napa escalated the situation by launching a “full-scale SWAT action,” according to the complaint from his widow, Samanda Dorger, and daughter, Gabrielle Poccia.     Officers allegedly shouted conflicting directions while pointing their guns at 60-year-old nurse. After Officer Brad Baker stunned Poccia with a Taser gun, Officer Nick Dalessi shot Poccia at close range in the back of the head with an assault rifle, according to the complaint.     One witness allegedly says that Dalessi fired after Poccia was already in handcuffs.     Sgt. Amy Hunter had assured Poccia that if he came out of his house, officers could make sure he was all right and he would not be arrested, according to the complaint.     Poccia agreed to come out of the house unarmed with no jacket on and his shirt tucked in to demonstrate that he did not have a weapon.     U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers refused to dismiss a Monell claim against Napa on Friday. The doctrine takes its name from Monell v. NYC Department of Social Services, a 1978 Supreme Court case that first established local government accountability for unconstitutional acts.     Though Napa claims that the complaint insufficiently alleges a policy or longstanding custom that would give rise to Monell liability, Rogers concluded otherwise.     The second amended complaint notes “a policy of failing to engage mental health workers in [...]

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