Vanessa Bryant, along with the other families that were affected by the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, Alyssa Altobelli, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, and the pilot Ara Zobayan, have settled the lawsuit against the helicopter company that was involved in operating the helicopter from the crash.
According to ABC 7, Vanessa and the Altobelli, Chester & Mauser families reached a confidential settlement agreement with the company that operated the helicopter. Documents state that the families filed “joint notice of settlement and joint request to vacate discovery deadlines.”
The documents continued to state, “Plaintiffs and Defendants jointly report that they have agreed to settle their claims in the above-entitled action.” The terms of the settlement have been disclosed and the settlement is still awaiting the courts approval.
Vanessa filed a lawsuit against the company last year, and Ara Zobayan’s estate was named as a defendant in the wrongful-death lawsuit.
Documents filed by Vanessa’s legal team show that all families affected were a part of the settlement.
As previously reported, the lawsuit claimed that the helicopter should have never have been placed in the path of danger it was in and also alleged that Island Express was only allowed to fly under visual flight rules, however the conditions on the day of the crash were not conducive for such flying. As mentioned before, the fog was extremely low that day of the crash, and the pilot was in blinding conditions.
That was not the only lawsuit that was filed in response to the fatal helicopter crash. Vanessa Bryant also filed a lawsuit in response to the alleged news that deputies from the Sheriffs Department took photos at the crash scene and later shared them. Back in March, a judge ruled that Vanessa could share the names of the deputies that allegedly took the photos.
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