Families of Berkeley balcony collapse victims gather to mark third anniversary

Posted in Life on July 22nd, 2018 by steve

“Family members of those who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse will gather to remember their loved ones later at a ceremony in California. A memorial plaque is to be unveiled near where the six Dublin students passed away over three years ago … (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 21 July]

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Three witnesses to Berkeley balcony collapse settle actions

Posted in Legal issues on June 4th, 2018 by steve

“Three Irish students who witnessed the Berkeley balcony collapse that killed six students and gravely injured seven others have settled their legal actions against the property’s owner and manager ….” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 4 June]

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US corporations settle lawsuits over Berkeley balcony collapse

Posted in Legal issues on November 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Relatives of the six students who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse and the seven survivors have settled legal actions against the corporate owner and property manager of the Californian building. Lawyers for the families declined to say how much was paid in the settlements, saying this was confidential, but the figure is said to total a substantial multimillion-dollar sum …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Partial settlement reached in Berkeley balcony legal actions

Posted in Legal issues on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The families of five Irish students and one Irish-American who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse in California in June 2015, and the seven survivors of the incident, have reached a partial settlement in their US legal actions. Substantial payments are to be made to the families and the survivors by the companies responsible for the construction of the Library Gardens apartment block in Berkeley …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 5 May]

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Builder of Berkeley balcony collapse complex has licence revoked

Posted in Legal issues on April 24th, 2017 by steve

“The US construction firm which built the apartments in Berkeley, California where five Irish students and an Irish American woman died after a balcony collapse in June 2015 has had its building licence revoked. The California State Contractors License Board on Friday reached a settlement with Segue Construction to remove its contactor licence …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Site of Berkeley balcony collapse renamed

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

“Library Gardens apartment complex where six students died now known as K Street Flats. The apartment complex where the Berkeley balcony collapse occurred has been renamed …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 25 January]

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Berkeley mother ‘will not rest’ until balcony rules introduced

Posted in Legal issues on December 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The mother of the Irish-American student killed in last year’s Berkeley balcony collapse has said that she ‘will not rest’ until new standards are introduced to prevent a repeat of the tragedy …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 1 December]

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Owner of Berkeley building can be sued over balcony collapse, court rules

Posted in Legal issues on October 27th, 2016 by steve

USA“The company which owns the building where the Berkeley balcony tragedy occurred has failed to extract itself from a lawsuit alleging it was liable for defects. A Californian judge ruled that Granite Library Gardens LP, which is owned by trillion-dollar investment fund Blackrock Inc, cannot exit the lawsuit …” (more)

[Dorothy Atkins and Shane Phelan, Independent, 27 October]

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‘The balcony collapse that killed my daughter was not an isolated event’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The State of California has today adopted a new law aimed at preventing tragedies such as the balcony collapse in Berkeley which killed six Irish students and injured seven others in June last year …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 15 September]

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California passes new laws following Berkeley tragedy

Posted in Legal issues on September 2nd, 2016 by steve

USA“The California Senate has passed a new law for the construction industry following the devastating Berkeley balcony collapse last year. The bill, which passed in the senate early yesterday with a unanimous vote of 37-0, aims to address the accountability gaps revealed by the Berkeley tragedy and will ‘bring more oversight to the construction contractors’ industry’ …” (more)

[Denise Calnan, Independent, 2 September]

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Berkeley balcony collapse survivors face quiz from building companies

Posted in Legal issues on August 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Lawyers acting for companies being sued for negligence over the Berkeley balcony collapse will be allowed to quiz survivors about the events leading up to the tragedy …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 13 August]

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Bravery of Aoife Beary is hailed as new Berkeley law passes vote

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2016 by steve

USA“California is one step closer to new laws aimed at preventing a repeat of the Berkeley balcony collapse tragedy – and it is thanks in large part to the heart-wrenching testimony of Irish survivor Aoife Beary …” (more)

[Luke Byrne, Independent, 12 August]

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US ambassador recalls ‘unimaginable’ Berkeley tragedy

Posted in Governance and administration on June 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The US ambassador to Ireland has paid tribute to the six young people who lost their lives in the ‘unimaginable tragedy’ of the Berkeley balcony collapse. Speaking on the first anniversary of their deaths, Kevin F O’Malley said the people of the United States ‘extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families, friends, and loved ones of the students who lost their lives or were injured’ …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 15 June]

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Berkeley balcony collapse firms request students’ photos

Posted in Legal issues on June 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A number of US companies defending claims for damages from the families of the Berkeley balcony collapse victims and the seven survivors have sought any photographs that might have been taken by the students before the accident as evidence to build a defence in the legal actions …” (more)

[Simon Carswell, Irish Times, 15 June]

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Companies seek to blame the victims in Berkeley tragedy

Posted in Legal issues on June 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Several companies being sued over the Berkeley balcony collapse have sought to shift blame for the tragedy onto the victims. At least four firms implicated in the case have claimed that the young Irish students involved may bear some responsibility themselves …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 13 June]

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Irish J1 students denied housing in Berkeley because of nationality

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Students working in Berkeley, California on a J1 visa say they have encountered difficulties in securing accommodation because they are Irish. One young woman told The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk that she was advised to ‘stay off balconies’, almost a year since six students died in a balcony collapse in the city …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 31 May]

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Berkeley lawyers offer two different theories for collapse

Posted in Legal issues on April 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Lawyers acting for survivors and families of those who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse have admitted making apparently contradictory claims in relation to the cause of the tragedy …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 20 April]

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Berkeley families fight efforts to limit damages claims

Posted in Legal issues on April 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Survivors of the Berkeley balcony collapse and the families of the dead have hit back at efforts to water down their multi-million dollar lawsuit …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 16 April]

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Berkeley balcony collapse survivor has ‘defied odds’ and now wants to go back to university

Posted in Life on April 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The young woman who suffered horrific injuries while celebrating her 21st birthday when a balcony collapsed in Berkeley, California has ‘defied the odds’ and now wants to go back to college …” (more)

[Independent, 14 April]

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Berkeley companies risk losing licences for failing to follow industry guidelines

Posted in Legal issues on April 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Companies that worked on construction of the apartment in the US where six students died last year risk losing their licence for failing to follow industry guidelines. The body which licenses building contractors in California has found that five firms which constructed the Library Gardens building in Berkeley performed inferior work …” (more)

[Seán McCárthaigh and Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 13 April]

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