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Potential Crash Defendant Sues Plaintiff Law Firm, Seeks TRO Banning Letter to Possible Witnesses

Posted Jan 23, 2012 7:19 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A company facing potential litigation concerning a fatal auto accident has filed an unusual lawsuit against a Nevada law firm representing others involved in the wreck.

NV Energy is asking a judge for a temporary restraining order banning Jolley Urga Wirth Woodbury & Standish from continuing to send out mass mailings seeking information about the accident, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

The company contends the mailings contain editorial comments about the accident that could prejudice the jury pool and put its right to a fair trial at risk.

"The dissemination of such extrajudicial statements is both improper and unethical as it creates a substantial likelihood of materially prejudicing an anticipated adjudicative proceeding," contends the company's Clark County District Court suit. "The continued dissemination of these extrajudicial statements is severely impacting NV Energy's right to a fair trial."

The law firm didn't immediately respond to the newspaper's request for comment. A Jan. 30 hearing date has been set concerning NV Energy's request for a TRO.

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