BLACKFOOT — Attorneys from the Blaser & Oleson law firm in Blackfoot have filed an amended complaint and demanded a jury trial on the tort claim filed on behalf of the plaintiffs of the case known as a "hazing" case. That case dominated news coverage for significant portions of 2010 and 2011.
A tort claim alleges civil wrong (other than breach of contract or trust) for which law requires damages.
Attorneys Jeffrey Thomason and Stephen Blaser are representing plaintiffs Logan Chidester, Nathan Walker and Tyson Katseanes.
In the amended complaint, the plaintiffs state this case started in September 2010 when " … Defendant Blackfoot School District initiated an investigation in relation to conduct that occurred between student athletes the previous year."
The case received local, statewide and national media coverage.
The defendants in this case are Blackfoot School District 55, the County of Bingham, the City of Blackfoot, J. Scott Andrew, the former Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney; Randy Smith, a county prosecuting attorney; detectives Paul Newbold and Justin Dance; Blackfoot Police Chief Kurt Asmus and former Blackfoot Police Chief R. David Moore as well as agents, officers and employees of the above three entities.
All defendants have received this amended complaint.
Plaintiffs are asking for relief of damages with an amount to be established at trial and an award of attorney's fees and costs.
The original complaint of Chidester, Walker and Katseanes versus Blackfoot School District 55 et al, was filed Nov. 30, 2012. The case was assigned to District Judge David Nye of the Seventh Judicial District of the State of Idaho, in and for the County of Bingham.
The plaintiffs have requested a jury trial. No date has yet been set for this trial.