Clear Channel Settles In Great White/R.I. Club Fire
February 13, 2008 at 3:25 PM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL has agreed to pay a $22 million settlement with the victims and their relatives of a fire in a RHODE ISLAND nightclub concert it promoted.The Feb. 20, 2003, fire at THE STATION nightclub in WEST WARWICK killed 100 people and over 200.
According to the AP, the victims' lawyers sued accused CLEAR CHANNEL Rock station WHJY of promoting the concert by running on-air advertisements, distributing free tickets to the show and having a disc jockey serve as master of ceremonies and introduce the band. They claimed that the station knew or should have known that it was promoting a band that regularly used dangerous pyrotechnics at concerts.
In a statement, CLEAR CHANNEL said it was saddened by the "tremendous harm" caused by the fire. adding, "While CLEAR CHANNEL had no role in causing or contributing to this fire, we are pleased to resolve these claims and, hopefully, contribute in some way to a sense of resolution for the affected victims and their families."
The tentative settlement raises the total amount received by the survivors and victims' relatives to more than $70 million. Other defendants who have settled are The Home Depot, a manufacturer of insulation material; a pyrotechnics maker and a TV station whose cameraman was accused of blocking an exit while filming the fire.
Still in the settlement cross hairs are ANHEUSER-BUSCH, members of GREAT WHITE and the state of RHODE ISLAND.