Skip to comments.Wrongful-death suit filed by Heinz Kerry settled for $15 million
Posted on 10/24/2005 9:27:30 PM PDT by bitt
PHILADELPHIA - A lawsuit filed by Teresa Heinz Kerry after her first husband, U.S. Sen. John Heinz, died in a midair collision in 1991 was settled for $15 million, according to newly unsealed court records.
Last year, attorneys for The Philadelphia Inquirer sought to unseal the settlement papers when U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., ran for president; Kerry married Heinz's widow in 1995.
At first, attorneys for the Heinz estate tried to prevent the Montgomery County Court records from being unsealed, citing the family's need for security and privacy.
In October 2004, Montgomery County Judge Paul Tressler unsealed portions of the file. Attorneys for the Heinz estate appealed his ruling.
The case was settled this month, according to William H. Lamb, the West Chester attorney who represented the Heinz estate.
The 1997 settlement states that $3 million would go to Heinz Kerry as co-executor of the Heinz estate. The remaining $12 million was paid to Heinz Kerry and the couple's three sons, John IV, Andrew and Christopher, according to court records.
In 1991, Teresa Heinz sued the owners of the airplane on which her husband was traveling, as well as the owners of the helicopter involved in the crash.
The impact, which killed Sen. Heinz and six others - including two first-graders on the ground - occurred over a Lower Merion school in April 1991.
The wrongful-death lawsuit alleged that the owner of the helicopter, Sun Co. Inc., of Philadelphia; and Lycoming Air Services Inc., of Montoursville, Lycoming County, the plane's owner, had failed to properly train their flight crews.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, errors in judgment by pilots of both aircraft caused the crash.
harpy wife of LT got MORE money - yeah, she needed it....
$ 500 million is never enough.
What did the families of the little kids get? Zip?
Unbelievable...bet the families of the two dead kids on the ground got nothing.
If John had not died, I wonder what rich woman Kerry would have found.
OKAY. The plane gets in trouble. A helicoptor is dispatched to help out. They crash. She sues because the 'operators weren't trained well enough' Seems witchy to me.
Yeah, evil witches like her is why Good Samaritan laws have to be written.
here's a great Brokaw interview with her just before her speech to the Dem Convention....she is just...totally...nuts.
Time for a refreshing re-hash of 1990s FAA records, anyone?
People suing people, it's the American way to riches.
Hope she gave it all to the little kids families. Yeah, I'm SURE she did.
And JF'nK is blowin' it all on Botox
here's a great Brokaw interview with her just before her speech to the Dem Convention....she is just...totally...nuts. >>
She's an habitual drunkard.
Quite likely an alcoholic.
Only a gigolo would put up with the loony cow.
Here are the two government reports on that crash:
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