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Wrongful-death suit filed by Heinz Kerry settled for $15 million
centredaily.com ^ | 10/24/05 | ap

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.

SNIP

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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: deadhusband; heinzkerry; heinzketchup; johnheinz; johnkerry; kerry; ketchup; terressa; theresaheinz; wrongfuldeath

1 posted on 10/24/2005 9:27:33 PM PDT by bitt
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To: Zacs Mom; MeekOneGOP; PhilDragoo; Happy2BMe; potlatch; ntnychik; Smartass; Boazo; Alamo-Girl; ...

harpy wife of LT got MORE money - yeah, she needed it....


2 posted on 10/24/2005 9:28:28 PM PDT by bitt (THE PRESIDENT: "Ask the pollsters. My job is to lead and to solve problems. ")
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To: bitt

$ 500 million is never enough.


3 posted on 10/24/2005 9:29:51 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: bitt

What did the families of the little kids get? Zip?


4 posted on 10/24/2005 9:31:13 PM PDT by opinionator
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To: bitt

Unbelievable...bet the families of the two dead kids on the ground got nothing.


5 posted on 10/24/2005 9:32:55 PM PDT by spyone
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To: bitt

If John had not died, I wonder what rich woman Kerry would have found.


6 posted on 10/24/2005 9:38:13 PM PDT by doug from upland (David Kendall -- protecting the Clintons one lie at a time)
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To: bitt
'Heinz and six other people were killed on April 4, 1991, when a Bell 412 SP helicopter collided with the Senator's Piper Aerostar plane over a schoolyard in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania. All aboard the two aircraft and two children playing outside the school were killed. The helicopter had been dispatched to check out a problem Heinz's plane was having with its landing gear. While moving in for a closer look, the helicopter's rotor blades struck the bottom of the plane, causing both aircraft to lose control and crash.'

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.

7 posted on 10/24/2005 9:38:38 PM PDT by bitt (THE PRESIDENT: "Ask the pollsters. My job is to lead and to solve problems. ")
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To: bitt
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.

8 posted on 10/24/2005 9:42:45 PM PDT by bluefish (Holding out for worthy tagline...)
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To: bluefish

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5528578/

here's a great Brokaw interview with her just before her speech to the Dem Convention....she is just...totally...nuts.


9 posted on 10/24/2005 9:44:41 PM PDT by bitt (THE PRESIDENT: "Ask the pollsters. My job is to lead and to solve problems. ")
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To: bitt; Southack; Calpernia; Pukin Dog; Aeronaut; Dashing Dasher; Lazamataz; ...

Time for a refreshing re-hash of 1990s FAA records, anyone?


10 posted on 10/24/2005 9:45:22 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: bitt
" 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."

People suing people, it's the American way to riches.

11 posted on 10/24/2005 9:45:52 PM PDT by TheCrusader ("The frenzy of the Mohammedans has devastated the churches of God" -Pope Urban II, 1097AD)
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To: Aeronaut

ping


12 posted on 10/24/2005 9:53:31 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: bitt

Hope she gave it all to the little kids families. Yeah, I'm SURE she did.


13 posted on 10/24/2005 9:54:31 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy
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To: bitt

And JF'nK is blowin' it all on Botox


14 posted on 10/24/2005 10:14:25 PM PDT by digger48
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To: bitt; bluefish

<< http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5528578/

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.


15 posted on 10/25/2005 12:35:23 AM PDT by Brian Allen (Patriotic [Immigrant] AMERICAN-American by choice - Christian and Aviator by Grace)
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To: Mrs Zip

ping


16 posted on 10/25/2005 12:35:39 AM PDT by zip (Remember: DimocRat lies told often enough become truth to 48% of all Americans (NRA))
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To: doug from upland

Babs Streisand?


17 posted on 10/25/2005 1:03:52 AM PDT by fish hawk (I am only one, but I am not the only one.)
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To: Calpernia; Tijeras_Slim; FireTrack; Pukin Dog; citabria; B Knotts; kilowhskey; cyphergirl; ...

18 posted on 10/25/2005 1:07:26 AM PDT by Aeronaut (2 Chronicles 7:14.)
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marker


19 posted on 10/25/2005 1:09:24 AM PDT by GretchenM (Hooked on porn and hating it? Visit http://www.theophostic.com .)
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To: Blurblogger

Here are the two government reports on that crash:
http://www8.landings.com/cgi-bin/nph-nntsb_connect?pass=77233446&file=nntsb_199104.dat&pos=246642

http://www8.landings.com/cgi-bin/nph-nntsb_connect?pass=77233446&file=nntsb_199104.dat&pos=250379


20 posted on 10/25/2005 1:39:53 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: bitt
"The helicopter had been dispatched to check out a problem Heinz's plane was having with its landing gear. While moving in for a closer look, the helicopter's rotor blades struck the bottom of the plane, causing both aircraft to lose control and crash.'"

A helicopter "flies" by creating low pressure above it and high pressure beneath it.

Moving a low pressure zone directly beneath an airplane will cause that aircraft to fall a bit or stall.

You'd have to have two pilots who didn't understand aerodynamics for that situation to occur.

That being said, suing companies for hiring such people is a bit out of line.

21 posted on 10/25/2005 1:52:38 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Peach

disgusted ping


22 posted on 10/25/2005 4:13:22 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (Take the high road. You'll never have to meet a Democrat.)
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To: Brian Allen

I don't think she's an alcoholic... but I think she's on some combination of prescription depressants.


23 posted on 10/25/2005 4:20:37 AM PDT by johnny7 (“What now? Let me tell you what now.”)
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To: bitt
It's really expensive sponsoring a loser.
24 posted on 10/25/2005 4:40:46 AM PDT by wolfcreek
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To: johnny7; TomGuy; maryz; Lonesome in Massachussets; JLO; gidget7; nopardons; Kenny Bunk; GianniV; ...

LT ping - fyi


25 posted on 10/25/2005 5:57:48 AM PDT by bitt (THE PRESIDENT: "Ask the pollsters. My job is to lead and to solve problems. ")
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To: Southack

Also, why didnt the plane move away from the school?


26 posted on 10/25/2005 6:02:50 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: bitt
harpy wife of LT got MORE money - yeah, she needed it....

Makes me sick.  Ranging from England through the east coast and DC.

The following pictures of the homes that FnKerry and she own........

 

 

 

 

27 posted on 10/25/2005 6:08:11 AM PDT by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: bitt

Who needs insurance when you have high priced lawyers.


28 posted on 10/25/2005 6:08:28 AM PDT by Delta 21 (MKC USCG-ret)
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To: Southack

Did the chopper get too close... or did the jet?


29 posted on 10/25/2005 6:12:21 AM PDT by johnny7 (“What now? Let me tell you what now.”)
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To: SheLion
The structures own her and her family, not the other way around - a veritable curse manifested in her unhappiness and that of her family including Kerry.
30 posted on 10/25/2005 6:19:45 AM PDT by mtntop3 ("He who must know before he believes will never come to full knowledge.")
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To: bitt

bump for later


31 posted on 10/25/2005 6:34:44 AM PDT by hattend (Rum and Coke, please!)
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To: mtntop3
The structures own her and her family, not the other way around - a veritable curse manifested in her unhappiness and that of her family including Kerry.

I know you are right.  I just wonder how she can not find embarrassment in this being in the media, and we all know how they live.  Maybe she will have a kind hearted moment and donate some of that money to the Red Cross??

32 posted on 10/25/2005 6:37:40 AM PDT by SheLion (Trying to make a life in the BLUE state of Maine!)
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To: SheLion

Ketchup sales must be way down. Maybe she'll donate some to the Red Cross.


33 posted on 10/25/2005 6:53:41 AM PDT by USMCPOP
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To: johnny7
That's like asking what was first the chicken or the egg...

When you have a Helo that flys by beating the air into submission, and an airplane that flys by parting the stream...

Okay, really as previously mentioned a helicopter crates lift by creating a low pressure area above the rotor blades and a high pressure area beneath the rotor blades. An airplane creates lift by the air traveling faster over the wing (creating a low pressure area) than under the wing (high pressure); Hence they both added to it or got there at the same point, neither could really be first.

The plane was sucked into the helo as the helo was sucked into the plane.

34 posted on 10/25/2005 7:03:34 AM PDT by Cliff Dweller
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To: bitt

" I was a $500 million dollar gigolo before I was a $515 million dollar gigolo."


35 posted on 10/25/2005 7:14:54 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: Cliff Dweller
That's like asking what was first the chicken or the egg... the plane was sucked into the helo as the helo was sucked into the plane.

That was kind'a my point... a 15M settlement makes it look like the chopper pilot was a kamakazee.

36 posted on 10/25/2005 7:22:34 AM PDT by johnny7 (“What now? Let me tell you what now.”)
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To: johnny7

Dead men tell no tales.... JFnK and THK like it that way


37 posted on 10/25/2005 7:26:07 AM PDT by Cliff Dweller
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To: opinionator

That's what I'd like to know, what did the other's in this case get?


38 posted on 10/25/2005 7:31:18 AM PDT by pepperdog
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To: Cliff Dweller

Theys a whole lot of sucking going on.


39 posted on 10/25/2005 7:39:22 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: bitt

No good deed...


40 posted on 10/25/2005 7:53:22 AM PDT by Tallguy
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To: bitt

Thanks for the ping!


41 posted on 10/25/2005 7:58:30 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Cliff Dweller; Calpernia; Southack; Aeronaut; Pukin Dog; doug from upland; Fedora

"When you have a Helo that flys by beating the air into submission, and an airplane that flys by parting the stream..."



What did the helicopter pilot know, and when did he know it?



Here are the two government reports on that crash:
http://www8.landings.com/cgi-bin/nph-nntsb_connect?pass=77233446&file=nntsb_199104.dat&pos=246642

http://www8.landings.com/cgi-bin/nph-nntsb_connect?pass=77233446&file=nntsb_199104.dat&pos=250379

Thanks for the links, Southack


42 posted on 10/25/2005 8:52:08 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (SAVE THE BRAINFOREST! Boycott the RED Dead Tree Media & NUKE the DNC Class Action Temper Tantrum!)
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To: bitt

And yet she complains that Americans don't pay enough taxes.

Hope she puts that money to some good use. < /sarcasm >


43 posted on 10/25/2005 9:31:11 AM PDT by weegee (To understand the left is to rationalize how abortion can be a birthright.)
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To: bitt

Wonder how much she'll pay in taxes?


44 posted on 10/25/2005 9:32:07 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: bitt

harpy wife of LT got MORE money - yeah, she needed it....


...to give the LT a nice Christmas, 'scusa me, Holiday, bonus.


45 posted on 10/25/2005 11:36:21 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NY Times headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS, Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: SheLion
She - they - will assuredly donate a significant amount of this to probably more than one "charitable" recipient.

This will assure less taxes (though apparently not much is being paid now vis-a-vis write-offs).

Most importantly, it would be viewed negatively by the public if she - they - didn't. Their perception of the public's perception of them is everything - an important reason why they have these monolithic dwellings in the first place.
46 posted on 10/25/2005 1:40:44 PM PDT by mtntop3 ("He who must know before he believes will never come to full knowledge.")
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To: Brian Allen; bitt; bluefish

Thank God Tay-Ray-za is not our First Lady!!!!!!!


47 posted on 10/25/2005 1:51:38 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: mtntop3; All

Sorry folks, the money has already been added to the pot long ago - the news here is that the information WAS FINALLY RELEASED!!!! from 1997!

' 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.'


48 posted on 10/25/2005 1:55:49 PM PDT by bitt (THE PRESIDENT: "Ask the pollsters. My job is to lead and to solve problems. ")
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To: bitt

Isn't 20% as CO-executor of an estate pretty high? I thought 5% was the norm as sole Executor.


49 posted on 10/25/2005 8:30:13 PM PDT by kylaka
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