LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Unified School District will launch a new informational website tomorrow, which is aimed at providing accurate information and details about recently proposed settlements with the majority of the remaining children with claims stemming from the alleged actions of a teacher at Miramonte Elementary School.
The website, www.miramontesettlements.com, provides factual information about the legal ramifications associated with the offers presented by the school district in early June. The settlement offers, which were produced under Code of Civil Procedure section 998, carry legal ramifications and potential costs to the plaintiffs if they reject the offer and fail to obtain a higher dollar figure through a court verdict.
Additionally, the website contains information about the sample settlement structures that were included in the offers. These investment structures provide an opportunity to substantially increase the lifetime funds available to the children. Through an investment plan, settling parties would be able to more than double the original settlement and ensure lifetime resources for the children impacted.
Plaintiffs have 30 days to accept the offers or they are deemed rejected. Currently, the offers are set to expire on July 5.
Earlier this year, the school district was able to reach settlements with nearly half of the children with claims against the school district over the Miramonte allegations. The settlements were part of an early resolution process, which was focused on resolving the cases respectfully and avoiding the potential pain of litigation. The 61 students who have already settled will begin to receive their settlement payments in the coming weeks.
To learn more about the proposed settlements, visit www.miramontesettlements.com. The website will be live by 12 p.m. on June 25.