04
Mar

Controversial Grain Inspection Case Ends With OSHA Withdrawing Citations, Fine

By Bruce Rolfsen

A Nebraska grain silo inspection case thst sparked an outcry from lawmakers in Washington is being settled with Occupational safety and Health Administration withdrawing the citations and proposed $132,000 fine, representatives of the farm and OSHA told Bloomberg BNA Feb. 26 (Sec'y of Labor v. Niobrara farms, OSHRC, No. 12-0083, 2/25/14).

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25
Feb

3 names forwarded to governor for district judgeship

The Nebraska Judicial Nominating Commission pared down a list of Lincoln attorneys Tuesday from six to three to be considered for a Lancaster County district judgeship.

Lori Maret, Richard Rice and Melanie Whittamore-Mantzios each are seeking the appointment left vacant when District Judge Karen Flowers retired Dec. 31 after 17 years on the bench.

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30
Jan

OSHA Will Review Small Farm Inspection Guide, Consult With Agriculture Department

In response to challenges by lawmakers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reviewing its farm inspection guidelines, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Jordan Barab said Jan. 22. ‘‘We certainly can see places where [the directive] can be clarified, ’’ he said during a news conference focusedon OSHA farm inspection policies. Barab is the second-ranking OSHA official, after Assistant Secretary David Michaels.

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04
Mar

Nathan D. Anderson joins Wolfe Snowden law firm

Nathan D. Anderson is the newest associate with Wolfe, Snowden, Hurd, Luers & Ahl, LLP. Anderson graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2007 from the University of Utah. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 2012 from the University of Nebraska College of Law, graduating with high distinction. While in law school Anderson served as editor-in-chief of the Nebraska Law Review.

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21
Jan

Top law firm in 2013

Wolfe, Snowden, Hurd, Luers & Ahl, LLP of Lincoln has been recognized as one of the 2013 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firms. A U.S. Top Ranked Law Firm must have a minimum of 10 attorneys with at least 33% of the attorneys having achieved an AV Preeminent rating.

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16
Aug

Chief medical officer dismisses case against former Seward doctor

More than a year after the state asked for disciplinary action against a former Seward physician, Nebraska's chief medical officer has dismissed the case against her.

The state failed to prove Dr. Barbara Froehner's treatment of six patients -- five of whom died -- constituted a pattern of negligent conduct, Dr. Joann Schaefer said in an order last week.

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22
Nov

Raffle winner with Rotary members

 Melanie Whittamore-Mantzios (co-chair), raffle winner Kristin Judkins, Pam Manske and Pat Leach.
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18
Sep

Golfing for a Reason

The 4th annual Golfing for a Reason tournament doubled last year's proceeds, raising $12,000 to benefit the Aiding Angels Foundation Aug. 27 at the Highlands Golf Course.

Fighting cancer is difficult enough, but living with it is even tougher - and that's where the Aiding Angels Foundation steps in.

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12
Dec

New Partner at Wolfe Snowden

Wolfe, Snowden, Hurd, Luers & Ahl, LLP, is pleased to announce that Renee Eveland will become a partner of the firm effective January 1, 2011.

Eveland's practice is focused on insurance and malpractice defense litigation and appellate advocacy. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law (with distinction).

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28
Feb

OSHA Drops Case Against Nebraska Farm

(DTN) -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has dropped its case against a Nebraska farm that potentially faced $132,000 in fines from the agency over grain-bin inspection issues going back to 2011.

James Luers, an attorney from Lincoln, Neb., says OSHA had failed to respond to a motion for summary judgment that Luers had filed with the administrative-law judge.

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10
Feb

Lincoln woman accused of stealing satellite TV service

DISH Network has sued a 44-year-old Lincoln woman for allegedly circumventing the company's security system to receive satellite broadcasts without paying for them.

DISH Network LLC, EchoStar Technologies LLC and Nagrastar LLC filed the lawsuit against Sanaa Odah in U.S. District Court in Lincoln.

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29
Apr

New lawyer joins Wolfe, Snowden, Hurd, Luers & Ahl, LLP

Braden Charles Sheppard received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law in December 2012, graduating with distinction, and is the newest associate at Wolfe, Snowden, Hurd, Luers & Ahl, LLP.

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16
Feb

Discrimination suit dropped against Lincoln landlord

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning’s office has dropped a lawsuit that accused a Lincoln landlord of discriminating against two Iraqi renters and trying to intimidate a handyman who cooperated with an investigation of their accusations.

Assistant Attorney General Gregory Walklin filed the motion to drop the suit on Jan. 30, and Lancaster County District Judge Andrew Jacobsen dismissed the case without prejudice the next day.

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07
Jan

Erin C. Duggan Pemberton new partner

Wolfe, Snowden, Hurd, Luers & Ahl, LLP, is pleased to announce that Erin C. Duggan Pemberton became a partner of the firm effective January 1, 2013.

Pemberton's practice is focused on insurance and malpractice defense litigation, professional licensure complaint defense and personal injury litigation.

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11
Jan

Helms family asks jury for $1.7 million, gets $0

The attorney for the family of a 39-year-old man who died within days of a finger amputation made a final plea Wednesday, asking the jury for $1.7 million in a wrongful death case.

But after about two and a half hours of deliberation, Lancaster County District Court jurors found Lincoln Surgical Hospital hadn't been negligent and gave them nothing.

Curtis Helms' family had said he was discharged too early and his pain wasn't under control when he went home two days after the surgery in 2005.

"Was this death preventable? We say yes it was," Terry Sibbernsen said in closing arguments.

The hospital says the death, while tragic, wasn't a result of anything it did but rather a result of Helms taking too many pain pills once he got home.

To succeed, the Helms' family needed to prove the hospital was negligent, and that its negligence caused his death. Had the jurors found both, it would have taken up the question of damages.

Attorneys on either side called experts during the trial to speak to the standard of care provided to Curtis Helms and the cause of his death.

His wife, Melanie, found him dead in their bedroom Nov. 18, 2005, three days after the surgery.

Sibbernsen said she knew her husband, the father of their six children, was dead but tried to revive him with CPR with one of their daughters relaying instructions on a 911 call.

"Those moments are forever embedded in her mind, as well as, I'm sure, the minds of her children," Sibbernsen said.

The family believes that had Curtis Helms not been discharged when he was, he would not have died, he said.

"As a result of this, Curtis Helms passed away and a family is left without a father, and Melanie Helms is left without a husband," Sibbernsen said.

He suggested $1,728,600 would be fair compensation.

William Tannehill, attorney for Lincoln Surgical Hospital, said Curtis Helms' death was caused by severe coronary artery disease and by him taking too many pain pills when he went home.

"If this was a case about sympathy, the hospital wouldn't have a chance," Tannehill said. "We need to apply logic. We need to apply reason."

He said the hospital and the nurse on duty the day Helms was discharged did what they were supposed to do.

The other side alleged the nurse did a sloppy job of record keeping and assessing Curtis Helms' pain and contested her contention that he had said he felt better and wanted to go home.

Tannehill said there was no indication of overmedication until much later in the day.

In an anticlimactic end to the eight-day trial, the parties and attorneys waived their presence at the verdict, which came at about 2:30 p.m.

The Helms' family also had sued Dr. Matthew Reckmeyer and his practice, Lincoln Orthopaedic Center, but District Judge Jodi Nelson dismissed them Monday, finding the plaintiff hadn't presented any evidence alleging he breached the standard of care.

Because Curtis Helms injured his finger while working at the Lincoln Regional Center, the state has paid death benefits and funeral expenses to date of $149,000.

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07
Nov

Graduation held for Leadership Nebraska Class V

Twenty of Nebraska's brightest leaders were awarded diplomas and commemorative plaques at the State Chamber's Leadership Nebraska commencement ceremony held Thursday, October 27, in Lincoln.

Graduates of the State Chamber's Leadership Nebraska are current and emerging leaders throughout Nebraska.

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21
Feb

Dean Sitzmann invited to Council on Litigation Mgmt.

Wolfe, Snowden, Hurd, Luers & Ahl, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that Dean Sitzmann has been invited to join the prestigious Council on Litigation Management.

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