Norfolk Southern reaches $600 million settlement in East Palestine derailment lawsuit

Norfolk Southern announced on Tuesday that it reached a $600 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over the toxic train derailment near East Palestine, Ohio, last year.

The company announced the settlement had been agreed to in principle and still required approval from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The lawsuit in district court was stayed pending approval of the settlement, according to a court order on Tuesday.

The February 2023 derailment involved a train that was carrying 20 cars with at least five toxic chemicals, including vinyl chloride, which has been linked to liver damage and a rare form of liver cancer. Eleven of those cars derailed. Norfolk Southern said the agreement would resolve class action claims within a 20-mile radius of the derailment and personal injury claims of
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