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Burg Simpson Interviewed About the Sunset Mesa Body Broker Case

By Heidi Culbertson

March 18, 2020  

Burg Simpson Interviewed by Westword About the Sunset Mesa Body Broker Case.

Just over a year ago, Burg Simpson filed a lawsuit in Montrose, Colorado on behalf of sixty-four grieving families against Megan M. Hess, the owner of both Sunset Mesa Funeral Home and the Donor Services body-donation business, as well several other companies and individuals who benefited from a body broker scheme. The lawsuit alleges that in exchange for payment, Ms. Hess engaged in a fraudulent scheme where she promised bereaved families that Sunset Mesa would perform contracted cremations, and return the cremains to the families, but instead—without the Plaintiffs’ knowledge or consent—mutilated their loved one’s bodies and sold parts of the bodies to buyers across the globe.

“It’s been two years since the FBI raid, and our grieving clients need answers,” said David K. TeSelle, Burg Simpson Shareholder, trial lawyer, and the practice group leader of the Commercial Litigation Department at Burg Simpson. “It is time for the facts to come out and the full story to be known. It is time for those who were responsible for this scheme, and those who benefited from it, and those who allowed this scheme to continue unchecked for years, to be held to account.”

Michael Roberts, a reporter from Westword, covered this case for the second time and interviewed Michael Burg, a trial lawyer, shareholder, and the founder of Burg Simpson about the Sunset Mesa case on March 18, 2020.

Read the most recent Westword article here.

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Burg Simpson Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine currently has more than 70 trial attorneys who provide nationwide legal representation. The firm is based in Colorado and has offices in Arizona, Ohio, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nevada, and Florida.

Burg Simpson’s award-winning trial lawyers represent clients with legal matters that range from business and commercial litigation, construction defects, mass torts, and medical malpractice, to personal injury and workers’ compensation.

Founded in 1976, Burg Simpson has proven track record of success and has collected over $1 billion in verdicts, judgments, and settlements on behalf of its clients. Burg Simpson’s attorneys have been named as national lead counsel and earned federal court appointments in several cases, such as YAZ/Yasmin®, Pradaxa®, Ortho Evra®, Gadolinium-based contrast agents, Heparin, DePuy ASR®, Bextra/Celebrex, Zyprexa®, and testosterone replacement therapy.

Over the past four decades, Burg Simpson’s highly-skilled and results-driven trial attorneys have gained a national reputation and the depth of experience necessary to garner significant awards. The firm has been consistently recognized for excellence by The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Legal 500, 5280 Top Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Burg Simpson has spent over 40 years fighting for the legal rights of those harmed by the actions or inactions of negligent corporations and individuals. Our team of trial lawyers and legal professionals are dedicated to protecting our clients and securing the compensation they deserve.

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