GREAT WHITE Nightclub Fire: Lawyer Wants To Pursue All Assets Of Club Owners

Jack Perry of The Providence Journal is reporting that a lawyer for victims of The Station nightclub fire today asked a bankruptcy court trustee to ensure that the court pursues all potential assets of club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian.

Lawyer Max Wistow said the Derderians and their corporation, Derco LLC, could possibly collect payments through liability insurance or from other potentially culpable parties.

Wistow is part of a team of eight lawyers representing 165 people who were injured and the families of 87 people who died in the Feb. 20, 2003 fire, which killed 100 and injured another 200 at the West Warwick club. The fire started when sound-proofing foam was ignited by pyrotechnics lit at the beginning of a concert by the band GREAT WHITE.

Wistow had an opportunity to question the Derderians and address Chapter 7 trustee Stacy Ferrara today during a preliminary hearing that lasted more than three hours.

The Derderians and Derco filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection on Sept. 23, asking the bankruptcy court to protect their personal property — houses, cars, furniture, retirement money — from potential claims by fire victims and their families and other creditors.

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