The California State University will pay out a settlement of $39.5 million to the family of a student who experienced heatstroke while participating in a jogging exercise at Cal State San Bernardino in September 2018 and requires round-the-clock care. The settlement is believed to be the largest ever paid by the CSU in an injury-related case. In addition to the money, the CSU agreed to develop and implement systemwide policies and protocols for preventing and responding to heat-related illness. Jury selection was halted in December amid the surge of cases in Southern California, with the trial scheduled to resume this month. “Our clients are grateful for the Court allowing them to exercise their 7th Amendment constitutional right to a trial by jury,” Brian Panish, an attorney for Freeman’s family, said in a statement.
Source: Los Angeles Times February 23, 2021 03:11 UTC