Second group reaches $11.5 million Oso landslide settlement

EVERETT, Wash.  — A second group of relatives of people killed in the deadly Oso landslide have reached an $11.5 million settlement with Washington state and a timber company that logged an area above the site of the collapse.

The Daily Herald reported Sunday the agreement was reached in April follows a $60 million payout the state and Grandy Lake Forest Associates made to a larger group of plaintiffs in 2016.

The lawsuit alleged that the state, county and timber company knew the hillside posed a serious risk to neighbors but didn't do enough about it.

The 2014 Oso landslide wiped out a rural neighborhood and killed 43 people.

Attorney Emily Harris, who represented families of two people killed, said it was a great result that provides closure.

The April agreement does not specify how much would be paid by the state or the timber company.

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