Second group reaches $11.5 million Oso landslide settlement
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) – A second group of relatives of people killed in the deadly Oso landslide has reached an $11.5 million settlement with Washington state and a timber company that logged an area above the site of the collapse.
The Daily Herald reported Sunday the agreement was reached in April. It follows a $60 million payout the state and Grandy Lake Forest Associates made to a larger group of plaintiffs in 2016.
The lawsuit alleged that the state, county and timber company knew the hillside posed a serious risk to neighbors but didn’t do enough about it.
The 2014 Oso landslide wiped out a rural neighborhood and killed 43 people.
Attorney Emily Harris, who represented families of two people killed, said it was a great result that provides closure.
The April agreement does not specify how much would be paid by the state or the timber company.