Balcony collapse lawsuits
Attorney General Mark Earley announced last week that three of
the pending lawsuits resulting from the collapse of the Pavilion
I balcony during the 1997 Final Exercises have been withdrawn.
The voluntary agreement allows more time for possible settlements.
If none are reached, the suits can be re-filed by May 1.
interest from the beginning has been in reaching a conclusion
which would be fair and equitable to all parties involved,"
of the 20 claims have been settled for a total of $601,500, with
the average amount being about $45,000 per claim. Voluntary withdrawal
of two remaining lawsuits is being considered, according to the
attorney general's office.
balcony fell when one of the original wrought-iron support rods
from Jefferson's era gave way, having corroded over time. One
person died and 18 others were injured as a result. Since then,
support rods in all similar balconies have been replaced.
U.Va. students, staff and faculty are invited to volunteer for
"Make A Difference
Day" on Oct. 23. Among the diverse projects planned to
benefit people in the Charlottesville area are repairing and painting
a whole street of houses, refinishing playground equipment, painting
over graffiti, visiting the elderly and tutoring children.
For information, contact Frank
Griffiths at 984-4047.