Parkland families reach settlement with DOJ

More than a dozen families of the victims of the 2018 Parkland, Fla., shooting have reached a settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ).

As CNN first reported, the settlement is part of a lawsuit filed after the FBI failed to act on tips regarding Nikolas Cruz, the former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who killed 17 people.

According to court documents obtained by CNN, the parties involved in the settlement “are presently working to finalize additional details before submission for final approval by the appropriate Department of Justice official and that, once those details are finalized and approval is granted, they will ask that the Court dismiss these actions in their entirety.”

A settlement amount was not disclosed in the court filing. However, Kristina Infante, lead counsel for the families of the victims, told CNN that it was a “historic” settlement.

“It has been an honor to represent the Parkland families who, through their immeasurable grief, have devoted themselves to making the world a safer place,” Infante said. “Although no resolution could ever restore what the Parkland families lost, this settlement marks an important step toward justice.”

The settlement comes one month after the families of the Parkland shooting victims reached a $25 million settlement with the Broward County school district. A lawyer representing some of the victims said the settlement would go to 52 families and victims of the shooting.

Last month, Cruz pleaded guilty to all charges against him related to the shooting. The plea was made without conditions, and prosecutors indicated that they would still seek the death penalty.

The Hill has reached out to the DOJ for comment.

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