California

Berkeley balcony collapse victims reach partial settlement

Victims of a deadly balcony collapse in California have reached a settlement with several companies they sued. 

Six students were killed in the June 2015 incident in Berkeley. The balcony gave way while the students attended a birthday party and sent them 50 feet down to the street. 

The settlement amounts are confidential, lawyers for the families of the students who died and the seven others injured said.

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"This settlement will never restore health or life but reflects an element of justice from the wrongdoers for the deaths and serious injuries caused by the tragedy," lawyer Matthew Davis said in a statement. "The litigation continues to proceed against other defendants including the apartment complex's corporate owner and property manager."

Five students from Ireland, 21-year-olds Olivia Burke, Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Lorcan Miller, and Eimear Walsh, were killed. Burke's cousin Ashley Donohoe, a 22-year-old student from Rohnert Park, California, also died.

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Segue Construction is one of the seven companies that agreed to settle. The lawsuit claimed that Segue used cheaper materials to build the balcony, making it more susceptible to water damage. 

Segue's general contracting license was revoked by a California licensing board in April, according to the Mercury News

Building manager Greystar and building owner BlackRock did not agree to a settlement so lawsuits against those companies continue.

A trial against the remaining defendants is scheduled for next year, the Irish Times reported. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.