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City of West receives $10.4 million in lawsuit settlement

The city of West will receive $10.44 million in its settlement with defendants in the massive litigation spawned by the April 2013 fire and explosion at West Fertilizer Co.
The West City Council approved the settlement amount this week, which includes funds for damages not covered by insurance or grants from state or federal agencies, said Waco attorney Steve Harrison, who was among a group of attorneys representing the city of West and chairman of the plaintiffs’ executive committee.
“The resolution brings to a conclusion more than 4 1/2 years of litigation by the city against the fertilizer manufacturers,” Harrison said. “This is a very good outcome for the community and we could not be more pleased for the folks of West.”
The city of West is required by law to disclose the amount of legal settlements and did so after receiving a Public Information Act request from the Tribune-Herald.
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