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Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Vail after teen died in avalanche moved to Eagle County


VAIL, Colorado — A Colorado judge has agreed to move a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Vail Resorts from Broomfield to Eagle County to be closer to the site of the accident.

The Vail Daily reports ( ) that the parents of 13-year-old Taft Conlin are seeking damages after their son died in an avalanche while skiing in January 2012.

Conlin died in an avalanche on upper Prima Cornice on the front side of Vail Mountain.

His parents sued, saying the company didn't close the run despite the avalanche danger. They say Vail violated the Colorado Ski Safety Act when it closed the top gate to Prima Cornice but not the lower gate.

Vail Resorts' attorney Robert Blume says Conlin took an inappropriate risk.

Damages could be more than $700,000.

Information from: Vail Daily,

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