A judge gave final approval Thursday to a settlement of more than $1 billion for victims of a Los Angeles beachfront condominium building collapse. Florida that killed 98 people, one of the deadliest building failures in US history.
The decision of the Miami-Dade circuit judge, Michael Hanzmanncame a day before the first anniversary of the Champlain Towers South disaster in the suburb of Surfside, in Miami.
The judge described the settlement as a “remarkable result,” praising the dozens of attorneys involved for avoiding what could have been years of litigation with no certain outcome.
Most of the $1.02 billion total will go to people who lost family members in the 12-story building collapse. About $100 million will go to legal fees and $96 million to owners who lost one of the building’s 136 units.
Nancy Kress Levin. (Supplied)
Frankie Kleiman and Jay Kleiman. (Supplied)
Luis Bermudez and his mother Ana Ortiz. According to Local 10 News (Miami), Bermúdez has muscular dystrophy. (Supplied)
Deborah Berezdivin. In the image she appears with her boyfriend Ilan Naibryf, also missing. (Supplied)
Rescue personnel have not ceased their efforts to find survivors in the rubble. (David Santiago)
Part of the Champlain Towers condominium did not collapse. On that side are beds, chairs, air conditioners and other items. (The Associated Press)
The building partially collapsed during the early hours of June 24, 2021. (Amy Beth Bennett)
The blue framed area is the area that collapsed. (Mean GFR)
More than 100 people are missing after the incident. (The Associated Press)
The building is located on the oceanfront in Surfside, a town near Miami Beach. (The Associated Press)
The Champlain Towers South, built in 1981, was in the midst of a process known as “recertification,” which is a review of structures and electrical installations required by law for buildings over 40 years old.
This Friday an act will be held to honor the memory of the victims of the collapse of the building, at the site of the tragedy.
The first public act will be at 1:22 am on Friday, the time at which the building collapsed a year earlier. At that moment they will light a commemorative torch that will remain lit for three weeks, the same weeks that the authorities took to recover the body of the last fatality.
The next day, the official tribute to the victims will be held, an event attended by the first lady of the United States, Jill Bidenand in which family members, rescue team personnel and local authorities are expected to participate.
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