Firm to pay $52M in I-35W bridge collapse

  • Article by: DAVID PHELPS and ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 24, 2010 - 6:57 AM

A 14-hour negotiating session Saturday yielded a settlement with engineering giant URS that survivors call “bittersweet.”

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mtommyAug. 23, 1012:07 PM

Less than 10% going to the lawyers, I really don't believe it!

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ginny6Aug. 23, 1012:07 PM

I am glad to hear it. Schwebel is an excellent lawyer and his clients deserved this result.

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tulu777Aug. 23, 1012:18 PM

While any true single victim may receive $1 million tops I would be willing to bet. As always, lawyers first, victims second. Story should read, "An engineering firm that consulted on the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed in 2007 has agreed to pay $48.6 million to victims and $3.8 million to the lawyers."

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lmockAug. 23, 1012:22 PM

When they contest the amount and have it held up in court (a la Exxon style) how much will the victims really get and when will they get it? This could still be on hold (or disappear).

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lexpublicaAug. 23, 1012:28 PM

"When they contest the amount and have it held up in court (a la Exxon style) how much will the victims really get and when will they get it? This could still be on hold (or disappear)." This is a settlement; Exxon was a jury verdict. Big difference.

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bellczarAug. 23, 1012:30 PM

The Washburn Mill explosion, which killed 22 people and demolished 1/3 of the Minneapolis milling district was greater. So was the Milford mine collapse, which killed 41 miners.

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SupervonAug. 23, 1012:30 PM

the the DFL got a cut of the proceeds. That was probably the missing 20% the lawyers didn't get.

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katnincAug. 23, 1012:30 PM

...liberal intellectuals - FAIL! (again)

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lexpublicaAug. 23, 1012:31 PM

Law firms spend tons of up-front money on contingency cases with no guarantee of any recovery. We can debate the cut, but their fees are far from all profit as they have already incurred substantial expenses.

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toothyAug. 23, 1012:35 PM

Not sure where you guys are getting the idea the lawyers are collecting $3.8M - they're not. That money is going to insurance companies and for a memorial. The lawyers worked pro bono.

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