Wrongful Death Settlement Disclosed ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wrongful Death Settlement Disclosed

A family in Bloomington, Illinois has been awarded $750,000.00 in wrongful death damages after 20-year-old Nathan Ruch was shot to death by a police officer. Ruch was killed by officer James Merica following an attempted traffic stop in 2002. After the family and the insurance company that paid the settlement agreed to release the amount, a judge unsealed the records after The (Bloomington) Pantagraph filed a petition seeking the amount awarded to the family. The family initially feared the amount would overshadow details of the shooting that they hope will prevent similar tragedies. The family, who initially kept the settlement amount hidden for fear of overshadowing details of the shooting, agreed to allow the settlement to be public following the newspaper's request.

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