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Rhkratzse(--nospam--at)aol.com wrote:
L'ambiance?  Wasn't that a lift-slab collapse?

What's the "it" that happened?  The lunch guy, or the S.E.?

from http://www.eng.uab.edu/cee/reu_nsf99/ambiance.htm#Moncarz

"A two-judge panel mediated a universal settlement between 100 parties closing the L’Ambiance Plaza case. Twenty or more separate parties were found guilty of "widespread negligence, carelessness, sloppy practices, and complacency." They all contributed, in varying amounts, to the $41 million settlement fund. Those injured and the families of those killed in the collapse received $30 million. Another $7.6 million was set aside to pay for all of the claims and counter claims between the designers and contractors of L’Ambiance Plaza. While this settlement kept hundreds of cases out of court and provided rapid closure to a colossal collapse, it also ended all investigations prematurely, leaving the cause of collapse undetermined (Korman, Nov 24, 1988)."




Korman
, Richard (Nov 24, 1988), "Mediated Settlement Seeks to Close the Book on L'Ambiance Plaza." ENR, November 24, 1988