"There's a lot of money involved, so that meant the damages were very large. Thank God no one died, which is one of the minor miracles of the case. There's a lot to figure out. It'a a complex case," Pat Borchers with Creighton University School of Law said.
Several months after the explosion, the state fire marshal determined that the natural gas pipeline hit by a fiber-optics digging crew was not adequately marked by M.U.D.
M.U.D. has disputed those findings.
The first trial is expected to begin in December.
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