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a laborer who fell 30 feet while climbing a lighting tower to help set up spotlights for a Garth Brooks concert was awarded $1.3 million in damages by a Texas jury. Rigel Piper, 19, sustained a fractured pelvis, a collapsed lung, a broken rib and a ruptured spleen in the fall. He sued Bandit Lites Inc., Steve Vernon Rigging a/k/a S.V.R., Garth Brooks, New Rose Inc., Glen Smith Production Services, Pro West Production Services and Brown-United Inc., alleging that they were negligent for failing to provide adequate fall protection, training and instruction. He settled with New Rose, Glen Smith Production, Brown-United and Pro West for a total of $303,000. Garth Brooks was nonsuited. On June 20, the jury found Bandit Lites 35% at fault, Steve Vernon Rigging 35% at fault and Piper himself 30% at fault, reducing his award accordingly. Piper v. Bandit Lites Inc., No. 02CV0039 (Galveston Co., Texas, Dist. Ct.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEYS: Jason A. Gibson, Russell Endsley and David Minces, Smith & Gibson Law Firm, Houston DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Joseph M. Heard and Bridget Rienstra Brinson, Heard & Medack, Houston; Nicolas E. Zito, Ramey, Chandler, McKinley & Zito, Houston; Teresa A. Carver, Lorance & Thompson, Houston; Steve C. Dollinger, Preston & Cowan, Houston; Mac Gann, Gann & Edwards, Houston; J. Preston Wrotenbery, Oppenheim & Associates, Houston

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