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Ameren Missouri wrongful death trial set to begin Tuesday – Columbia Missourian

Sunday, September 9, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
COLUMBIA — A 2008 lawsuit alleging negligence by Ameren Missouri in a natural gas explosion that killed an elderly couple appears likely to go to trial this week.
The trial in the Sneed lawsuit is set to begin Tuesday with jury selection.
Carl and Merna Sneed, who lived at 308 McNab Drive in the East Campus neighborhood, both died as the result of injuries from the March 14, 2008 blast that could be felt miles away. The fire from the blast damaged the side of a home across the street. 
Carl Sneed, 87, died from burns inside the home. Merna Sneed, 85, was thrown from the home and suffered burns on more than 30 percent of her body. She died three weeks later at University Hospital.
The daughters of Carl and Merna Sneed — Patricia K. Sneed, Pamela R. Heath and Terry L. Sneed — filed the lawsuit in June 2008. Patricia Sneed and Pamela Health, who live in California, and Terry Sneed, who lives in Columbia, are being represented in the suit by Neil Johnson of Berkowitz Oliver of Kansas City.
Ameren Missouri is being represented by Gerald King of Armstrong Teasdale LLP, also of Kansas City.
Several of the Sneeds’ neighbors could be called as witnesses in addition to experts in natural gas procedures. Among the potential witnesses are Daryl Keller, who lived in the house that was damaged in the blast across the street from the Sneeds; Fred Luetkemeier, supervisor of Ameren’s gas operations in Columbia; and Bob Leonberger, supervisor of engineering and safety in the energy unit of the Missouri Public Service Commission.
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Ind. SC: Wrongful death suit should be tried in British Columbia – Legal News Line

Ind. SC: Wrongful death suit should be tried in British ColumbiaBY JESSICA M. KARMASEKINDIANAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – The Indiana Supreme Court said in a ruling Monday that British Columbia is an “adequate” forum for a lawsuit filed over a bizarre helicopter accident.Plaintiffs Dalmas Maurice Otieno Anyango and Jane Tinna Agola Otieno sued Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Rolls-Royce Corp. and Honeywell International Inc. in Indiana’s Marion County Superior Court for the wrongful death of their son, 20-year-old Isaiah Omondi Otieno.Isaiah, a Kenyan citizen and student at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, British Columbia, was mailing a letter from Canada to his parents in Kenya when a helicopter flying overhead lost power.The helicopter crashed to the ground and killed him, along with the helicopter’s pilot and two passengers.In their suit, the Otienos sought to recover on theories of strict liability and negligence based on the design and manufacture of the helicopter engine and engine component parts, and on the failure to certify and recommend safe and proper replacement parts.Bell was the manufacturer of the helicopter. Its engine was manufactured in Indiana by the Allison Division of General Motors, which sold its assets to a company that was later purchased by Rolls-Royce. The helicopter’s engine components were designed at Honeywell’s facility in Indiana and then manufactured in North Carolina.Representatives of the three other people killed in the accident sued the defendants and others in British Columbia on similar theories.Soon after, the companies filed both a motion to dismiss the Otienos’ suit and a stipulation that they would submit to the personal jurisdiction of and waive any statute of limitations defenses in British Columbia.The Marion Superior Court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss in favor of [...]

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