Attorney: Case over Alaska mountain death settled

Posted - Nov. 22, 2013 at 3:17 p.m.



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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - An attorney says a settlement has been reached over a Swiss man's death on Alaska's Mount McKinley in 2011.

Court records show attorneys for both sides asked a federal judge on Friday to dismiss the case brought against guide company Mountain Trip International, LLC, by the estate of Beat Niederer. It asks that each side bear its own costs and attorneys' fees.

Plaintiff's attorney Jeffrey Rubin would only say the matter "settled upon mutually agreed terms." An attorney for Mountain Trip didn't immediately return a message.

The lawsuit alleged that negligence by the company resulted in Niederer's death. It claimed the guided summit team wasn't outfitted properly and lacked the means to stay together and protect itself from the hazardous conditions.

The company said Niederer knew the risk involved.

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