Trial date set in Birmingham airport display board collapse lawsuit

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Attorneys representing the victims of the display board collapse at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport say they no longer believe this case is complex.

In a status hearing in Judge Tom King’s courtroom Friday morning, Attorney Tim Dollar said he expects to dismiss certain defendants from the lawsuit after thoroughly reviewing documents.

“We’ve looked at additional documents, we’ve now been able to do some initial discovery in this case,” Dollar said. “And based upon that, it’s likely that the case will be streamlined in terms of the total number of parties just based on new information we’ve been able to obtain.”

Retired judge U.W. Clemon is representing Khafra Engineering.

“We certainly hope that early on we’ll be dismissed from the case, but at this point I just don’t know.”

Judge Tom King set the trial date for November 3, 2014.  He said this is the type of case that needs to be handled promptly. Also, King plans to retire January 2015 after 14 years on the bench and does not want to burden a new judge with a case of this magnitude.

The display board collapsed in March of this year, killing 10-year-old Luke Bresette and injuring his mother and siblings.

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