Iditarod champ sues over nearly severed finger
Saturday, May 12, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A former Iditarod champion who was forced to drop out of the dog-sled race when he nearly severed his index finger is suing the Oregon company that made his knife and the sporting-goods store that sold it to him.
Mitch Seavey is seeking at least $100,000 in lost wages and other damages. His lawyer, Bill Ingaldson, tells the Anchorage Daily News that Seavey (http://bit.ly/KYa0yO) "may well have won."
The past two Iditarod winners have collected more than $50,000 and a new pickup truck, along with lucrative sponsorship deals. Championships also create heroes of the lead dogs, making their offspring more valuable.
Kershaw Knife Company of Tualatin, Ore., has denied the claims. A lawyer for Sportsman's Warehouse says Seavey has produced no evidence he lost money.
Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com