Families reach $60M in landslide settlements
SEATTLE — Survivors and family members of people killed in the nation’s deadliest landslide have reached $60 million in settlements with Washington state and a timber company that logged an area above the site of the collapse.
Just as opening state- ments were to begin in a Seattle courtroom Monday, Grandy Lake Forest Associates agreed to settle liability claims for $10 million. The announcement came after the state on Sunday reached a $50 million deal with plaintiffs.
The slide on March 22, 2014, killed 43 people when it wiped out a rural neighborhood in Oso. Survivors and relatives of the victims alleged that logging above the slide and construction of a retaining wall along a bank where the Stillaguamish River undercut the hill increased the danger, and residents were not warned about it.