Survivors of deadly Pacific Northwest mudslide settle with state, landowner

Survivors and family members of those who perished in a deadly 2014 mudslide in Washington State have settled their lawsuits against the state and the owner of a hillside that collapsed near the town of Oso, about 60 miles (97 km) north of Seattle, officials said.

Forty-three people were killed when a rain-soaked hillside on the north fork of the Stillaguamish River collapsed, sending a deluge of mud and debris down on the rural community in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

The settlement, announced as opening arguments were set to begin in a trial over family members’ claims in King County Superior Court on Monday, was praised by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson as “a fair resolution for all parties.”

All told, the state and Grandy Lake Forest Associates, which owned the hillside that collapsed, agreed to pay $60 million to the families,…

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