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Florida Judge Finals Reconciliation of Victims of Surfside Condominium Collapse

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Florida Judge Plaintiffs' lawyers said Thursday that they had approved a $ 1.2 billion settlement for the victims of the collapse of the condominium, which killed 98 people.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Handsman's decision was made the day before the first anniversary of the collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida. For over a month, the crew searched through the rubble of a 12-story building to recover the victim's wreckage.

This agreement covers families of people who have died in disasters and residents who have been injured or lost their homes.

Plaintiff's co-chief attorney, Rachel First, said the agreement also includes victims and their families.

"It was a very emotional day," First said, adding that some of the victims of the collapse testified at a hearing in favor of the reconciliation.

I could not immediately ask the defendant's lawyer for comment.

The county committee approved a resolution proclaiming the Champlain Towers South Surfside Anniversary on June 24 in Miami-Dade County on June 24, the chair said in a statement.

Federal agents continue to interview people with knowledge of the case and test the evidence to determine the cause of the collapse. The building was built in 1981 and has faced years of scrutiny of its deteriorating condition.

(Report by Randi Love in New York, edited by Lisa Shumaker)