Settlement News

Man Choked by Los Angeles Firefighter to Get $7.4M

A man who was choked unconscious by an off-duty Los Angeles, Calif., firefighter who saw him handing out Halloween candy to children will receive $7.4 million to settle a lawsuit, his attorney announced Wednesday. Samuel Chang suffered a traumatic brain …

Illinois Student Tackled for Stealing Own Car Settles Suit for $1.25M

A Chicago, Ill., suburb has tentatively agreed to pay a former doctoral student $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit alleging police officers tackled him to the ground and arrested him for stealing a car that turned out to be his …

State Farm Avoids Racketeering Trial With $250M Settlement

State Farm agreed to pay $250 million on the brink of a trial to customers who claimed the company tried to rig the Illinois justice system to wipe out a $1 billion jury verdict from 19 years ago. The customers …

Owners, Insurer Settle High-Dollar Suit in Ohio Mansion Fire

A dispute over a multi-million dollar insurance claim for a suburban Cincinnati mansion that burned down in 2014 has been settled weeks before a scheduled trial. Jeffrey and Maria Decker sued Chubb National Insurance Company after it declined to pay …

$150M Awarded in 1998 Arkansas School Shooting Lawsuit

A judge overseeing a civil lawsuit in northeast Arkansas on Monday awarded $150 million to the families of five people who were fatally shot outside an Arkansas school in 1998. Andrew Golden and Mitchell Johnson set off a fire alarm …

Trucking Company Pays $11M for Fatal Crash in South Carolina

A trucking company has agreed to pay $11 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a South Carolina trucker who burned to death last year after colliding with a gasoline tanker that was blocking a rural highway …

NYC Official Wants State Panel to Probe Wrongful Convictions

A top Brooklyn, N.Y., politician pressed the state Tuesday to set up a special commission to investigate wrongful convictions and pinpoint the problems – and people – to blame. “Releasing innocent people is not the end. It is only the …

Struggle to Recoup Costs Related to Fighting Utah Wildfires

Many of the state’s wildfires over the last two years have been sparked by people, but recouping firefighting costs that can run into the millions of dollars isn’t easy, according to Utah fire officials. The U.S. Forest Service has only …

Oklahoma Schools Settle With Families of 7 Children Killed in 2013 Tornado

A suburban Oklahoma City public school system has reached an agreement with the families of seven children killed in a tornado, ending three years of litigation. The May 20, 2013, tornado leveled large portions of Moore, including Plaza Towers Elementary …

Missouri Paid $52M in 5 Years to Settle Suits Against Various Agencies

Missouri has paid more than $52 million over the last five years to settle lawsuits against various state agencies, according to information from the attorney general’s office. The House budget committee received the list of settlements just before a public …