People injured on Vortex ride at 2013 NC State Fair settle with ride operators

Article originally published on Charlotte Observer by Anne Blythe

RALEIGH- Four people injured on the Vortex ride at the N.C. State Fair in 2013 have agreed to settle all but one claim in a civil lawsuit against operators and owners of the ride.

Though the details of the settlement were undisclosed, a memorandum submitted to a federal court clerk on Wednesday offered a cursory outline of an agreement reached almost a month after Donald H. Beskind, a Duke University law professor and experienced mediator, was appointed to help arbitrate the case… [ Read More ]

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