On October 9, 2009, John Bruce, an employee of United Airlines (UAL), was working for UAL on a military base in Kuwait when an employee of CAV International, a South Carolina corporation hired by the United States to operate military airports, mistakenly moved a “belt loader” and catipulted John off the loader and onto the pavement of the tarmac 20-30 feet below. John suffered a devastating head injury that resulted in his death the following week. On February 2, 2010, Cavanagh Law Group was retained by the family of John Bruce. The next morning, Tim Cavanagh filed a Rule 224 Petition for Discovery in the Circuit Court of Cook County naming United Airlines and CAV International as respondents. The petition seeks all evidence in possession of UAL and CAV including videotapes, witness statements and documents relating to the CAV employee who caused John’s fall. On February 5, 2010, Cavanagh appeared before the Honorable Diane Larsen, a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, seeking an order that all evidence be preserved and made available to Bruce’s attorneys. Over objection of the respondent’s attorneys, Judge Larsen granted Bruce’s Emergency Motion for a Protective Order.
The case is entitled Patty Bruce, Personal Representative of the Estate of John Bruce v. United Airlines and CAV International, No. 2010 L 1552. The matter is set for a status hearing on March 5, 2010.