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Judge approves settlement in wrongful death lawsuit filed by family of Justine Ruszczyk Damond

Justine Ruszczyk Damond Photo: KSTP/File
Justine Ruszczyk Damond

Updated: June 25, 2019 02:08 PM

A district court judge in Hennepin County has approved the settlement reached in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by family members of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

Damond was fatally shot by former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor in July 2017. He was found guilty of murder in the third-degree and manslaughter in the second-degree in late April.

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RELATED: City of Minneapolis settles lawsuit with family of Justine Ruszczyk Damond

Her family had filed the $50 million wrongful death lawsuit last summer. Relatives said had it not been for the actions of Noor, his partner Matthew Harrity, the police department and the City of Minneapolis, the 40-year-old life coach and yoga teacher would still be alive. 

Under terms of the settlement announced by city officials in early May, the family will receive $18 million. They will also get $2 million, which they will then donate to the Fund for Safe Communities at the Minneapolis Foundation.

In addition to the $2 million designated for the Fund for Safe Communities, the order approving the settlement signed by judge Mary R. Vasaly stipulates the following distribution:

  • $1 million to Don Damond, Justine's finance
  • $5 million to John Ruszczyk, Justine's father
  • $5.7 million to Jason Ruszczyk, Justine's brother

The remainder of the settlement will go to cover attorneys' fees.

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