Suit accuses USU in landslide case

Facing a lawsuit alleging university responsibility in last year’s canal landslide that killed three people, USU legal council denied any involvement in an official response submitted Monday Oct. 4. A landslide occurred on July 11, 2009 that was caused when a canal near the Island neighborhood gave way. A large portion of the property where the plaintiff’s family resided, which was located near 915 Canyon Road, was covered in debris. USU General Counsel Attorney Craig Simper said the situation is certainly tragic, but the university had nothing to do with the disaster. He said it is the “opinion of many,” that USU is an easy target because of its close proximity with the Island neighborhood property. According to an official complaint served to USU on Sept. 16, plaintiff Victor Alanis is seeking damages from the university, Logan City, UDOT, Logan Northern Irrigation Company, and the proprietor of the land in question.

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