UPDATE: More than half of Duck Boat sinking lawsuits are settled

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BRANSON, Mo. (KFTA) — Lawsuits regarding the deadly duck boat incident that killed 17 people are underway, with more than half settled.

Thirty-three civil cases filed against Ripley Entertainment, the company that owns the boat tour, were settled as of Wednesday, July 10, according to KNWA’s sister-station, OzarksFirst.

Fourteen cases continue to be negotiated.

The first case settled was during November 2018, and involved the family of William and Janice Bright, who were two of the 17 who died.

Tia Coleman, who lost her three children, husband and other relatives, has also reached a settlement. Additional Coleman family members are seeking settlements. Some of the Colemans have reached settlements, while others continue negotiations, court documents state.

William Asher also died. Asher’s family has also reached a settlement, according to court documents.

OzarksFirst reported several other families reached settlements, but specific details have yet to be released.

Ripley Entertainment released the following statement to OzarksFirst:

“The report that was filed with the court demonstrates Branson Ride The Ducks’ continuing commitment to work with the victims and families who were affected by the unprecedented storm and resulting accident that occurred last July. While we know lives lost cannot be replaced, the report outlines that we have reached settlements with many of the families, and continue to work with others. Out of respect for the privacy of the families, we will not discuss the details of any settlement.”

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