(Photo courtesy Rickson's attorneys.)
As we reported this morning, a jury was expected to rule on the Kathryn Rickson case today. Rickson's family was pursuing a $1.78 million lawsuit against the trucking company that owned and operated the truck involved in the collision that claimed her life back in May 2012.
However, just a few hours before the closing arguments were set to be heard at the Multnomah County Courthouse, representatives from Golden State Foods Corp. decided to settle out of court for a sum of $700,000.
According to Charley Gee, an attorney with Swanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton, the firm representing Rickson's estate, this is a significant settlement that should send a clear message to trucking companies to take driver training more seriously.