News: Geoff Haslam and Kristen Kiburtz Prevail in Slip and Fall Case Involving a Flashlight
// Jan 12, 2017
C&J attorneys Geoffrey C. Haslam, and Kristen C. Kiburtz recently prevailed on appeal in a premises liability case involving a slip and fall on a flashlight at a Megaplex Theater. On appeal, the plaintiff argued that the district court erred in granting summary judgment because he alleged their was a dispute over when the theater was inspected in relation to the time he slipped on the flashlight and fell. The Utah Court of Appeals disagreed, siding with the arguments made by the C&J attorneys. Ultimately, the court of appeals found that even if there was a dispute as to the exact time when the theater was inspected in relation to the fall, that fact was "not material to the resolution of the underlying legal issue in this case," which is whether the flashlight "had been [on the floor] for an appreciable time." Because the plaintiff could not present any evidence "about how the flashlight came to be on the floor or how long it might have been on the floor before the accident," the court of appeals said there was "no basis for a jury to determine the amount of time the flashlight was on the floor before the accident." As a result, the court of appeals concluded that the plaintiff had failed to demonstrate a genuine issue of fact as to the element of constructive notice, and denied the plaintiff's appeal. Congratulations to Geoff and Kristen on their victory for their client. Read the court of appeals' full opinion here,
Sarah Elizabeth Spencer presented during a plenary session of the Utah State Bar’s Spring Convention
// May 27, 2022
Sarah Elizabeth Spencer presented during a plenary session of the Utah State Bar’s Spring Convention on March 17, 2022. She was joined in her presentation by Utah Supreme Court Justice Paige Petersen, University of Utah Professor Anna Carpenter, prominent Utah solo practitioner Virginia Sudbury, and moderator Michelle Oldroyd. The topic was “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution and the Rule of Law in Times of Change.” Sarah was honored to speak alongside such prominent members of Utah’s legal community.
Christensen & Jensen is a longstanding member of ALFA International
// May 27, 2022
Christensen & Jensen is a longstanding member of ALFA International, a preeminent, global network of law firms and attorneys. Sarah Elizabeth Spencer will be speaking at the ALFA International Product Liability and Complex Torts Seminar on June 2, 2022, in San Diego, California. Sarah will be speaking on the main stage during the “hot topics” presentation. Sarah will be speaking about cutting-edge trends in spoliation of evidence.
Sarah Elizabeth Spencer and Anna P. Christiansen won a motion for summary judgment in a case involving alleged sale of contaminated diesel fuel
// May 27, 2022
Sarah Elizabeth Spencer and Anna P. Christiansen won a motion for summary judgment in a case involving alleged sale of contaminated diesel fuel by their client’s gas station. Sarah and Anna successfully demonstrated why their client was not liable for the plaintiff’s negligence or breach of contract claims, arguing there was no evidence their client sold contaminated fuel. The court agreed. The court found that the claims were factually and legally unsupported and dismissed them in total.