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News: Dave Richards & Sarah Spencer win 10th Circuit Appeal
Attorneys at C&J are again involved in appellate cases highlighted in the Utah Bar Journal.  Sarah Spencer and Dave Richards represented the defendants in the Tenth Circuit appeal in Pyle v. Woods, 874 F.3d 1257 (10th Cir. Nov. 1, 2017).  The 10th Circuit sided with our client in a civil rights case based on the warrantless search of Utah’s prescription drug database in the course of a theft investigation.  The case involved a Cottonwood Heights detective, investigating the theft of opiods from Unified Fire Authority ambulances, accessed the database to develop suspect leads of those who might have had opiod dependencies. 

Two suspects leads resulted but neither was ever prosecuted for the theft.  Both plaintiffs brought suit for alleged violations of their civil rights under the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution as well as a claim under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  The appellate court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the Constitutional claims on the basis of qualified immunity and agreed that the defendants’ actions fit within exemptions to the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  At the time of the investigation, a warrant was not necessarily required to access the database.  Christensen & Jensen attorneys are frequently at the forefront of reported case law and have expertise in appellate practice.
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Sarah Elizabeth Spencer presented during a plenary session of the Utah State Bar’s Spring Convention
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.
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Christensen & Jensen is a longstanding member of ALFA International
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.
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Sarah Elizabeth Spencer and Anna P. Christiansen won a motion for summary judgment in a case involving alleged sale of contaminated diesel fuel
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.
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Sarah Elizabeth Spencer and Zachary C. Meyers won a motion for summary judgment in a product liability case
Sarah Elizabeth Spencer and Zachary C. Meyers won a motion for summary judgment in a product liability case involving serious personal injuries arising from an electric scooter accident. The motion involved application of Colorado’s innocent seller statute. Sarah and Zach successfully demonstrated to the court why Colorado law governed the plaintiff’s claims. The court agreed and entered judgment in favor of the scooter manufacturer on all of the plaintiff’s claims.
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