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JUTC crash victims reject payment proposal

Published:Thursday | November 28, 2013 | 12:20 PM

The lawyer representing 30 claimants in a lawsuit against the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has rejected a payment proposal that reportedly requires the victims of a 2010 bus crash to sign a confidentiality clause.



The proposal was made yesterday after Attorney-at-Law Sean Kinghorn filed documents in the Supreme Court to have the bus company wound up to recover $106 million which the JUTC has been ordered to pay.



Yesterday, a 21-day order expired for the payment of the $106,000,000.



Kinghorn says an initial sum of $26,650,000 was proposed by Dabdoub, Dabdoub and Company the firm representing the JUTC.



The state-run bus company is proposing to pay a further $20,000,000 before December 31 followed by a similar amount by January 31 next year.



A final payment of $40,000,000 has been schedule for March.



However, the claimants' attorney Sean Kinghorn said he is concerned that his clients are being required to sign a confidentiality clause before payment is disbursed.



Kinghorn, the claimants should not have to sign away their rights for damages that are due to them.



Meanwhile Kinghorn said there is to be a meeting with his clients next week.

The lawyer is now awaiting a date to wind up the JUTC.



A negligence suit was brought against the State-owned company arising from an accident on October 15, 2010 in which a bus transporting passengers to a church retreat overturned along the Faiths Pen main road in St Ann.



Sixteen-year-old Bridgeport High school student, Jodian Henry, died and 40 other people suffered various injuries after the bus plunged over a precipice.



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