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Blockbuster Surfside Settlement Left Judge Speechless

By Carolina Bolado (May 13, 2022, 7:09 PM EDT) -- The nearly $1 billion in settlements in the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse litigation resolved what could have been a messy, emotionally charged dispute pitting neighbor against neighbor and was an outcome that left Judge Michael Hanzman, who took pains to expedite the complicated case, speechless.

Judge Hanzman had no advance warning that the victims' attorneys, assembled in a Miami courtroom Wednesday for what was supposed to be a routine status conference, would announce the resolution of their claims against dozens of entities, some of which had not even officially been named as defendants yet, for $997 million.

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