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First Settlement Reached in Aspen Power Outage Case

Apr 2, 2015

An Aspen nightclub is the first of several local businesses to end its lawsuit against two firms that caused a 12-hour power outage last summer. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Bootsy Bellows is one of seven businesses that sued LKP Engineering and Odell Drilling, seeking thousands of dollars in lost wages and profits from the August 4th incident. Bootsy’s case was dismissed last month after all of the parties agreed to a settlement. Attorney Chris Bryan, who represented Bootsy Bellows, says he cannot comment on the settlement terms because they are confidential.

The companies were performing soil-sample work at a home on East Hallam Street when crews sliced through nine utility lines, cutting power off to most of downtown Aspen. The homeowner, Patricia Gorman, has also been named as a defendant in the suits.

LKP and Odell in December pleaded no contest in Aspen Municipal Court to a charge of damaging city infrastructure. A plea agreement resulted in the firms paying the city more than $17,000.

Litigation is still ongoing for six other businesses. Most are restaurants.