24 Families Approved in Va. Tech Shooting Settlement

Published: June 18, 2008

RICHMOND, Va. – According to the Roanoke Times and the Associated Press, 24 families of the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre settled wrongful death lawsuits with the state of Virginia.

A judge approved the $11 million settlement June 17; however, not all of the victims’ families have been approved for it. Four families have agreed to the settlement, however, they were not prepared to go to court. In order for the request to be approved, all must go before a judge.

Four other families did not participate in the settlement. Two of those families filed notices of lawsuits, while two did not file claims.

Eighteen people who were injured in the incident were also included in the settlement; however, their cases did not need to be approved by the court.

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For those families that agreed to the settlement, they have given up the right to sue the university, state and local governments.

Each family will receive $100,000 and injured victims are eligible to receive up to $100,000 dollar apiece. Those injured will also receive healthcare coverage for life.

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