Los Angeles school district settles teacher abuse case for $139 million

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 21, 2014 2:27 PM

(Reuters) - The Los Angeles school district has agreed to a $139 million settlement with families of students who sued over abuse the children suffered from teacher Mark Berndt, resolving the remaining civil litigation from the case, school officials said in a statement on Friday.

The Los Angeles Unified School District and attorneys for the families settled the case as jury selection was under way for a trial. The school district had previously paid $30 million to settle dozens of related cases.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)