APEI’s oldest and most expensive civil litigation file was finally resolved by a Bethel jury verdict on February 24th.
Thirty-one Hooper Bay residents sued Lower Yukon School District, claiming the district was responsible for the August 2006 Hooper Bay school fire because the plywood skirting around the school was not maintained, allowing children to gain access. The plaintiffs were asking for millions of dollars in damages for their homes and lost personal property.
What took lawyers and experts over 4 years of contested argument and opinion, including two Supreme Court petitions for review, required the jury less than 15 minutes to decide and sign a special verdict form that LYSD was not negligent.
As prevailing party, LYSD has filed for and will be awarded Civil Rule 82 fees and costs, which will be owed jointly and severally by each named plaintiff.
Plaintiffs have not filed an appeal.