Jury selection occurred on August 29, 2022, in Madsen v. Beacon Roofing Supply, Hon. Thomas Low, Case No. 190401592, trial starts today. It is scheduled for 9 days.

This is a wrongful death case. Plaintiffs are the heirs of the decedent, Michael Madsen, and two of his friends that witnessed his death. Michael and the other two plaintiffs were minors at the time of the accident.

On December 17, 2018, Rusty Cade Cope, an employee of Beacon Roofing, hit Michael Madsen with a Beacon Roofing truck while he was in a crosswalk. Michael was killed in the accident. Michael’s two friends were either immediately behind him in the crosswalk or just about to enter the crosswalk. The two witnesses brought a claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The trial has been bifurcated. The first phase is to determine whether Mr. Cope breached his duty to exercise reasonable care. If the jury finds that Mr. Cope breached the duty he owed to plaintiffs, the second phase of the trial will focus on claims against the company, claims for negligent infliction of emotional distress, and damages.

Plaintiffs are represented by Blake Johnson of Johnson Livingston.

Defendant Rusty Cade Cope is represented by Ruth Shapiro, Jeremy Stuart, and Bryson Brown of Snow Christensen & Martineau.

Defendant Beacon Roofing Supply is represented by Tracy Fowler, Elisabeth McOmber, and Ryan Alba of Snell & Wilmer.

The Docket is available here and the Complaint is available here.

Thank you to Kara North for letting us know about this trial!

Utah Wrongful Death Attorney