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The Latest: Penalty levied against state in landslide case

October 10, 2016 - 2:21 PM

SEATTLE - The Latest on a lawsuit stemming from a deadly Washington state landslide (all times local):

2:05 p.m.

A judge hearing a lawsuit brought by victims of a deadly landslide north of Seattle has ordered the state of Washington to pay more than $1.1 million because the state's expert witnesses in the litigation were deleting emails that should have been preserved.

King County Superior Court Judge Roger Rogoff issued his ruling Monday after it was announced the state and a timber company had settled the lawsuit for $60 million.

Rogoff ordered the state to pay more than $394,000 in costs and attorney fees due to the deleted emails and to pay another nearly $789,000 in punitive damages.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has acknowledged one of his lawyers knew for the past year and a half that experts hired by the state to determine the cause of the 2014 slide were deleting emails among themselves.

The 2014 landslide killed 43 people.

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10:35 a.m.

Attorneys say a timber company that logged an area above a massive 2014 landslide has agreed to pay $10 million to people who survived and family members of people who died in the slide.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs announced the sum Monday after the deal with Grandy Lake Forest Associates was revealed. The company didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

The lawsuit was filed following the devastating Oso landslide, which killed 43 people and wiped out a rural neighbourhood.

Plaintiffs alleged that the state, Snohomish County and Grandy Lake have liability for worsening damage from the slide or failing to warn about the danger in the area.

Attorneys announced a $50 million settlement Sunday with the state of Washington.

King County Superior Court Judge Roger Rogoff said in court that no legal proceedings could bring back those who were killed, but he told family members he hoped the settlement can bring some closure.

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9:48 a.m.

An attorney says survivors and family members of people who died in a massive 2014 landslide north of Seattle have reached a settlement with a timber company that logged an area above the site of the collapse.

The tentative deal with Grandy Lake Forest Associates timber company was announced Monday by Corrie Yackulic, an attorney representing the families.

Details weren't immediately available.

The lawsuit was filed following the devastating Oso landslide, which wiped out a rural neighbourhood and killed 43 people.

Plaintiffs alleged that the state, Snohomish County and Grandy Lake have liability for worsening damage from the slide or failing to warn about the danger in the area.

On Sunday, attorneys announced a $50 million settlement with the state of Washington.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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