$143 Million Settlement Secured for Victims of the Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions
Michael S. Burg and Seth A. Katz have announced that an agreement has been reached between Columbia Gas, its parent company NiSource, Inc., and the lawyers representing multiple groups of plaintiffs in both mass action and class action lawsuits following the Merrimack Valley fires and explosions that rocked the communities of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, Massachusetts on September 13, 2018.
This settlement is separate from the money paid to the towns to cover infrastructure repairs and other expenses, as well as from the individual claims involving personal injuries and wrongful death. Residents and businesses will be able to submit claims upon the settlement receiving final approval from the Court.
Mike Burg said, “We are honored to have represented and provided a voice for those individuals and businesses affected by this tragedy, and hope that this event will encourage gas companies to employ safe practices to help prevent something like this from happening in the future.”
Michael S. Burg was recently interviewed by KOA Radio about the outbreak of pulmonary issues related to vaping. He said: “Those who vape are at risk for serious injuries to their lungs or even death. The companies who are manufacturing, marketing, and distributing vaping devices are ignoring their corporate social responsibility and could likely face lawsuits for promoting these dangerous and addictive products to children.”
As one of America’s leading trial lawyers, Mike Burg has successfully litigated some of the country’s most high-profile cases of the past four decades. Under his leadership, the firm has expanded to more than 60 attorneys across seven states. A national leader in mass tort & class action litigation, the firm has won more than $1 billion in verdicts, judgments, and settlements on behalf of its clients.
BURG SIMPSON SUPPORTS CRAIG HOSPITAL AT
THE PEDAL FOR POSSIBLE CHARITY BIKE RIDE
Craig Hospital’s Therapeutic Recreation department established the Pedal 4 Possible (P4P) charity bike ride in 2015 to raise money for patients who are experiencing spinal cord and brain injury.
This year’s P4P was held on Saturday, September 14th and featured courses for all skill levels (10K, 30K, 50K, 100K and 100 Mile.)
The Burg Simpson team of trial lawyers and legal professionals encountered some beautiful scenery in Louisville as they headed north along the Flatirons and finished the day at the post-ride party with food, prizes, music, and fun!
Shareholder Peter W. Burg is one of America’s leading trial lawyers and one of the country’s foremost legal experts handling claims for persons with traumatic brain and/or spinal cord injuries. Mr. Burg is a past Chairman of the Operating Board of Directors for Craig and served on both the Craig Hospital Operating Board and the Craig Hospital Foundation Board for more than a decade.
Burg Simpson & Shareholder Nick Fogel are Proud to Sponsor
The Denver Police Officers Foundation
The Denver Police Officers Foundation (DPOF) is devoted solely to providing emotional and financial support and assistance to Denver Police Officers and their immediate families. The foundation provides help to the brave men and women of our police force during times of challenge, and the DPOF has helped over 1,000 officers and their families since the organization was founded in 1999.