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Virginia Tech found liable for 2007 shooting

A jury sided with the families of two victims in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. If the ruling stands, the university will have to pay $4 million to each family:

The jury found the school negligent and awarded $4 million to each family. The state asked the court Wednesday for a reduction in the judgment to $100,000 per family, said Brian Gottstein, spokesman for the Virginia attorney general’s office, which represented the university in court. The Virginia Tort Claims Act limits awards against the state to $100,000, he said.

Families of most of the other victims have accepted shares of an $11 million settlement from the state.

The ruling rested on the fact that Virginia Tech did not immediately deploy its emergency alert system. The university claims that it did everything it could and should not be on the hook for such a large settlement.

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