Recently Filed Notable Cases
- Jennifer Phair v. Great Plains Trucking Company. On September 13, 2021, Gideon Asen filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Estate of Robert Phair against Great Plains Trucking, an interstate trucking company. The trucking company was operating a flatbed tractor-trailer truck in violation of Federal law that requires reflectors on the sides of the trailer to illuminate the truck during nighttime driving. The truck as originally manufactured had the required reflectors, but they were removed and obscured over by dark-colored awnings used to cover merchandise. The tractor-trailer driver attempted to execute a dangerous left-turn from a Kubota dealership onto Route 4 in Auburn during busy nighttime traffic. The driver failed to yield to oncoming vehicles and positioned the trailer across the Northbound travel lanes of the road. The speed limit in that area is 55 mph. Several vehicles approached and all had difficulty seeing the trailer in the road given its lack of proper illumination. The pickup truck driven by Robert Phair likewise was unable to see the truck until it was too late and crashed into the side of the trailer. Mr. Phair was hospitalized with severe injuries as a result and later died in the hospital from those injuries. Gideon Asen represents Robert’s daughter Jennifer Phair who has been appointed Personal Representative of her father’s estate. Click here for the full complaint.
- Castinguay v. Mac’s Convenience Store d/b/a Circle K. Gideon Asen filed suit against Circle K for injuries suffered by our client after he was assaulted inside a Circle K convenience store and later shot by the assailant. The store clerk witnessed the assault but failed to call the police, allowing the assailant to later shoot and almost kill our client. Click here for the federal complaint.
- Convery and Gustafson v. Town of Wells. Gideon Asen filed suit against the Town of Wells under the Maine Torts Claims Act. We represent the individuals who were catastrophically injured after being hit at a high speed by Joshua Burton, a man who had recently stolen a vehicle and was being pursued at high speeds by the Wells Police. The Complaint, which is available here, alleges that the decision to pursue Burton at a high speed was negligent and proximately caused the crash.