Families Settle Over Fatal Rita Bus Blaze For $80M

Law360, New York (June 8, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The families of 23 nursing home residents who died aboard a chartered bus that burst into flames while fleeing Hurricane Rita in September 2005 have reached an $80 million settlement with a slew of companies accused of liability for a design defect that allegedly caused the blaze.

The settlement, filed Thursday in the 206th Judicial Court of Hidalgo County, Texas, ends litigation that targeted bus manufacturer Motor Coach Industries International Inc. as well as the designer of the bus' hub-and-axle component, ArvinMeritor Inc., and component maker...
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