Rhode Island Nightclub Fire Victims Seek $176 Million Settlement

December 18, 2009

Lawyers for victims of a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people have asked a judge to approve a trust fund that will pay out $176 million in settlement proceeds.

The request was made in court papers filed Wednesday. Lawyers also discussed details of the trust at a court hearing.

The fund’s trustees would be Citizens Bank, where defendants would deposit their share of the settlement money, and Massachusetts-based mediator Paul Finn.

The Feb. 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick began when pyrotechnics used by the rock band Great White set ablaze soundproofing foam around the stage.

Dozens of people and companies sued after the fire agreed to offer $176 million, though no money has been paid yet.

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