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18 March 2022 - US Department of Justice Settles with Parkland Shooting Victims’ Families for $128 Million

Publié par Marion Coste le 18/03/2022

Justice Department settles Parkland school shooting civil cases for $127.5 million

Zoe Chritsen Jones (CBS News, 16/03/2022)

The Department of Justice has settled over 40 civil cases that arose following the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. All cases have been resolved for a total of $127.5 million, according to a statement released Wednesday. 

"The settlement does not amount to an admission of fault by the United States," the DOJ said in the statement. 

The payments mark the end of multiple civil cases filed against the U.S. government for damages following the Parkland shooting. 

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US justice department reaches $127.5m settlement with Parkland school shooting victims

Guardian Staff and agencies (The Guardian, 17/03/2022)

Federal officials have confirmed that the US Department of Justice has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the families of most of those killed or wounded in the 2018 Florida high school massacre, over the FBI’s failure to stop the gunman even though it had received information he intended to attack.

Attorneys for 16 of the 17 killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland and some of those wounded previously announced in November that they had reached a monetary settlement with the government over the FBI’s failure to investigate a tip it received about a month before the massacre. The 17th family chose not to sue.

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Statement by President Biden Four Years After the Parkland Shooting

(The White House, 14/02/2022)

On February 14th, 2018, a gunman stole the lives of 14 students and 3 educators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It was the deadliest high school shooting in a nation with far too many of them, and it left another community — and our country — shattered by grief.

On this difficult day, we mourn with the Parkland families whose lives were upended in an instant; who had to bury a piece of their soul deep in the earth. We pray too for those still grappling with wounds both visible and invisible. And, as we remember those lost in Parkland, we also stand with Americans in every corner of our country who have lost loved ones to gun violence or had their lives forever altered by a shooting, in tragedies that made headlines and in ones that did not.

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Justice Department Announces Civil Settlement in Cases Arising from 2018 School Shooting in Parkland, Florida

(DOJ, 16/03/2022)

Today, the Department of Justice announced that it has settled the 40 civil cases arising out of the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

This settlement resolves all of the cases for $127.5 million. The settlement does not amount to an admission of fault by the United States. The parties have been in litigation since late 2018, when the survivors of the shooting, and the families of 16 people killed, sued the government for damages.

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