Motion To Move Building Collapse Lawsuit Trials Denied


A Sioux Falls judge has denied a motion by defense lawyers to move a trial involving lawsuits connected to the downtown building collapse to Aberdeen.

Last month we told you about the Fodness family filing a lawsuit against the developers of the old Copper Lounge Building that collapsed in December of 2016.  

Emily Fodness was buried alive in the the rubble after the collapse. Court papers say she sustained severe physical, mental, and emotional injuries. 

The lawsuit also alleges Emily’s parents sustained severe mental, psychological and emotional injuries. 

Defense lawyers for Legacy Development and Consulting Company LLLC asked for their trial and the other parties involved to be moved to Aberdeen citing they wouldn’t be able to get a fair trial in Sioux Falls due to the extensive media coverage. 

However, that request was denied.

The family of the construction worker who was killed in the collapse, Ethan McMahon, has also filed their own lawsuit.

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