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UC Settles Ted Agu Wrongful Death Lawsuit for $4.75 Million

courtroomFollowing the death of Cal football player Ted Agu during a team drill, the University of California has settled the wrongful death lawsuit filed by his family, for $4.75 million.

Agu, 21, died in winter 2014 after a supervised offseason workout outside Cal’s Memorial Stadium. After his death, his parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that the university put him in such a strenuous workout even when the doctors and coaches knew about his sickle cell trait.

On April 14th, the University of California and Agu’s family reached a settlement, bringing months of negotiations to an end.

San Joaquin County Signs $1.575 Million Wrongful Death Settlement

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors has signed a $1.575 million settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of 29-year-old Jeremy Lum.

Lum died in July 2009, after he was mistakenly arrested and jailed for public intoxication. According to the lawsuit, he had bipolar disorder and was suffering a psychotic episode when he was arrested.

The lawsuit was filed in 2010 and alleged false arrest, wrongful death, and violations of civil rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Samuel DuBose: $4,850,000 Wrongful Death Settlement

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The settlement over Samuel DuBose’s Wrongful Death in police custody is $4,850,000 plus free undergraduate education for the deceased’s twelve children. DuBose was shot by Police Officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop. Dubose was shot on Rice Street near Thill Street in the Mount Auburn district after being stopped for not having front license plates. On July 29, Tensing was indicted on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter.

The agreement was announced on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. DuBose’s sister, Terina DuBose-Allen said “We’re not happy, we’re not satisfied – those aren’t the words. The settlement means we’re moving forward and we can heal.”

In addition to payment to the DuBose family of $4.85 million and tuition, the settlement includes a memorial to DuBose,an apology from the UC President,and an invitation for DuBose’s family to participate in Community Advisory Committee meetings.

Deceased Santa Rita Jail Inmate’s Family Gets $8.3 Million in Wrongful Death Settlement

arbitrationIn what is being termed as the largest wrongful death civil rights settlement in California history, the defendants and the prosecutors in Martin Harrison case have agreed to a payout of $8.3 million dollars.

In 2010, Martin Harrison was held on a DUI charge at Santa Rita Jail. He died after a confrontation with the deputies, while he was in alcohol withdrawal.

According to Attorney Julia Sherwin, a Licensed Vocational Nurse decided that he was not at risk of going in alcohol withdrawal even though Harrison had told the nurse “I drink every day.”

Recently, both parties have agreed on a settlement according to which, Alameda County and Corizon Correction Healthcare will pay $8.3 million to Harrison’s 4 adult children.

Road Crash Victim’s Husband Gets $12.8 Million in Wrongful Death Settlement

autoA man, whose wife was killed in a three-vehicle crash at U.S. 20 and County Road 31, near Middlebury, Indiana, in 2011, will receive $12.8 million as wrongful death settlement.

On the evening of Sept. 16, 2011, Pamela Beemer, 46, and two other women were travelling west on U.S. 20 when a semitrailer, travelling east, veered off the center line and came in the path of their car. The car crashed into the semitrailer and subsequently collided with an escort vehicle. Beemer was killed in the accident, along with her fellow passengers Maxine Sailor, 87, and Virginia Miller, 85.

Following the accident, Beemer’s husband Robert Burg filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that the semitrailer and escort vehicles violated the state law by travelling on the road after sunset, without police escort. The lawsuit also claims that the truck was transporting an oversized section of a wind tower even though the driver had no experience of hauling oversized loads.

The parties reached a settlement, according to which the trucking company and driver will pay $1.75 million to Burg. Furthermore, the shipper and operators of the front escort vehicle will pay $1 million each, the operators of 2 rear escort vehicles will be liable to pay $965,000 while the owner of semitrailer will pay $175,000.

The settlement was approved by a judge of Elkhart Circuit Court on February 17.