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Richmond Gang Rape Update #8

We knew the settlement was coming.  We just didn’t know how much it would be until now:

Richmond gang-rape victim, school district reach $4 million settlement

Updated: 01/21/2011 05:37:36 PM PST
A teenage girl settled for $4 million a civil claim over a 2009 gang rape during the Richmond High School homecoming dance, attorneys said this week.The victim came to an agreement with the West Contra Costa Unified School District to avoid drawn-out legal proceedings.”We were very pleased to resolve the case for her on such favorable terms without her having to endure depositions, a trial or any further legal reminders of what happened to her,” said Richard Schoenberger, an attorney representing the victim and her family.”We had a very strong case against the school district,” he added, “but felt that they were genuine in their attempts to resolve this case for her without putting her through a trial.”The victim will get an immediate payment of $2.5 million, while an additional $1.5 million will be paid out as a structured settlement over the next 40 years.The West Contra Costa school district will pay $100,000 of the settlement; the rest is covered by a joint powers authority in which the district is a member. A JPA is a group of public agencies, such as school districts or cities, that pool money to cover losses incurred by members.

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