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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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Judge: Wrongful-death case involving York woman will be heard in Newport News – Daily Press

NEWPORT NEWS — A Newport News Circuit Court judge denied a motion to have the trial involving a $ 2 million wrongful-death lawsuit moved to another city.
The family of Jacquelynn Schwartz filed the lawsuit late last year against medical company Conmed. Schwartz, 31, was found dead in her jail cell July 18, 2011 — three days after she was held in contempt by a Virginia Beach General District Court judge.
Jeff Rosen, an attorney for Conmed, argued that the case be heard in Virginia Beach instead of Newport News because the company doesn’t do substantial business in Newport News. During the Feb. 21 hearing, Rosen said that because Schwartz’s death occurred in Virginia Beach and there are potentially 35 witnesses from Virginia Beach who may testify, that the case should be heard there.

Thomas Albro, one of the attorneys representing the Schwartz family, argued that the company does substantial business in Newport News, which is grounds for the case to be conducted there.

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“The court accepts the representation of the plaintiff as to the percentage of business the contract with Conmed for the Newport News City Jail and the Newport News Juvenile Detention Facility represents to Conmed’s business within the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Fisher wrote.
Conmed provides all the healthcare services for the Newport News Correctional Facilities, Fisher noted in his Feb. 22 order.
Schwartz, 31, was found dead in her jail cell July 18, 2011 — three days after she was held in contempt by a Virginia Beach General District Court judge. Schwartz’s husband, David LaClair, is suing Conmed and three nurses it employed. The three nurses were on duty while Schwartz was in the jail’s custody.

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