A ruling by US District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis has awarded $265 million to the passengers and family members of those who died or were injured in the derailment of an Amtrak train in North Philadelphia on May 12, 2015. The amount was in line with the federal damages cap for a single rail accident established by Congress late last year.
In reaching the settlement, the judge took into consideration the fact that the litigation could have run at least another three to five years. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, the National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the derailment that killed at least eight people and injured more than 200.
Approximately 125 passengers filed lawsuits following the deadly train accident. Plaintiffs must complete paperwork to participate in the settlement program by November 21. The court will appoint two masters in late December to review the submissions and make recommendations to the court concerning the amount that should be awarded to each plaintiff.
For more on the train derailment, read How Much Are The Lives of Train Passengers Worth?