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Cirque Du Soleil Performer Suffers Fatal Injuries from Fall

Guillot-Guyard, Estate of v. Cirque Du Soleil Nevada Inc.

Type of Case:
Negligece - Circus
Wrongful Death - Adult

Specific Liability:
Failure to Protect; Failure to Provide Proper Training

General Injury:
Death

Jurisdiction:
State: Nevada
Court: District Court of Nevada, Clark County.

Related Court Documents:
Petition for approval of minor's compromise: 2014 WL 1794182


Case Name:
Guillot-Guyard, Estate of v. Cirque Du Soleil Nevada Inc.

Docket/File Number:
14-A-697048-M

Result Amount:
Plaintiff, $1,000,000

Result Date:
March 18, 2014

Judge:
Jerry Wiese

Attorneys:
Plaintiff: Jeremy K. Cooper, Cooper Coons LTD, Las Vegas, NV

Defendant: None mentioned, Goldberg Segalla, Mineola, NY

Result Type:
Settlement

Experts:
Plaintiff: None mentioned

Defendant: None mentioned

Breakdown of Award:
Combined $1 million settlement with $500,000 going to each child, ages 5 and 8.

Summary of Facts:
This wrongful death action was brought after Sarah Guillot-Guyard, a 31-year-old dancer and acrobat for defendant Cirque Du Soleil Nevada Inc., died while performing in the show “Ka,” which combines acrobatics with martial arts and puppetry, at the MGM Theatre. According to press releases reported after the fatal incident occurred, Guillot-Guyard died after falling approximately 90 feet into an open theater pit from a harness during a scene in which the theater stage was raised vertically and the wire cable suspending Guillot-Guyard allegedly severed due to the rapid ascent of the decedent during the scene. The decedent's two minor children received a combined $1 million settlement with $500,000 going to each child, ages 5 and 8. According to press releases, both Cirque Du Soleil and the MGM Grand were fined by OSHA and issued multiple citations including failure to protect “Ka” employees from striking an overhead grid during the performance, failure to properly assess the workplace for hazards, and, specific to Cirque Du Soleil, failure to provide proper training to performers. According to press releases, Guillot-Guyard's death was reportedly the first on-stage fatality in Cirque Du Soleil's 29-year-history.

Westlaw Citation:
2014 WL 1999397



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