Victims of Miami condo collapse reach $997 million settlement | Court News

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The defendants included the developer of an adjacent luxury tower, engineers and a condominium association law firm.

Victims of a South Florida condominium collapse that killed 98 people last year reached settlements totaling nearly $1 billion with defendants, including the developer of an adjacent luxury tower, engineers and a law firm. condominium association attorneys

The massive deal was cobbled together through multiple agreements ahead of a state court hearing Wednesday in Miami, according to Harley S. Tropin, one of the lead attorneys for the plaintiffs who filed the suit on behalf of the survivors and families of the victims. He said that he disclosed the agreements in court.

“We are pleased to have settled this case with the defendants to obtain what we believe to be a very fair recovery to help end the litigation and allow the victims some means of trying to move forward from this horrific tragedy,” Tropin said in a statement. statement sent by email.

The 12-story Champlain Towers South condominium building in Surfside, Florida, collapsed on June 24, triggering multiple lawsuits and sparking state and federal investigations. One focus was the development of the Renzo Piano-designed Eighty Seven Park high-rise building next to Champlain Towers.

That project’s developer, Terra Group LLC, is among nearly two dozen defendants who have settled. The list includes two other firms that worked on the site, DeSimone Consulting Engineers LLC and Stantec Architecture Inc.; A law firm, Becker & Poliakoff PA, which represents the condominium association, also settled.

None of the defendants immediately responded to messages seeking comment.

Lawyers for the developer have previously said the project was not responsible for the tragedy, pointing to reports that Champlain Towers South was improperly designed, poorly built and improperly maintained and repaired.

A lawsuit filed in November alleged that the luxury project site sloped, so runoff poured into Champlain Towers and undermined the structural integrity of the building, which was also damaged by excavation and pile driving.

When residents of Champlain Towers raised concerns about the work with the developer, Terra Group attorneys allegedly offered residents $200,000 in payments on the condition of confidentiality rather than repair the damage, according to the complaint.

Tropin declined to say how much each defendant agreed to pay.

Settlements must be approved by a judge.

(Updates with comments from plaintiffs’ counsel.)

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