The families of victims and survivors of the Surfside Champlain Towers South collapse have reached a tentative settlement topping $55 million with three defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
Insurers representing the engineering firm responsible for inspecting and certifying the building’s structural integrity, Morabito Consultants, and the firm representing the condo association, Becker & Poliakoff P.A., have agreed to settle for $16 million and $31 million, respectively, according to a joint motion to stay all claims against the defendants.
Another defendant, DeSimone Consulting Engineers, has agreed to settle for $8.55 million, according to the filing.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzmann preliminarily approved the settlement.
In a statement Tuesday, Becker reiterated its denial of responsibility “for the collapse or the resulting damage” and said the settlement “is not a finding of fault.”
Becker adds, “It is important to note that the cause of the collapse has yet to be identified and we continue to believe that culpable parties should be held accountable.”
The settlement must still receive final approval.
The concrete in the pool and underground garage are the focus of engineers and government officials investigating the cause of the collapse.
The Florida legislature is about to pass a bill meant to prevent another building collapse from happening again with more stringent inspections and mandatory reserves.