The city of Washington has agreed to pay $13.7 million to 700 protestors and bystanders mistreated by police during demonstrations against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in 2000. The settlement came after nine years of legal action by NGO Partnership for Civil Justice, which filed the class action lawsuit. Each member of the suit is to receive about $18,000 in the settlement, which still needs confirmation by the courts. “We think it’s an historic settlement. It’s the largest settlement for a protest case in Washington D.C. and we believe in the country,” said Partnership spokeswoman Mara Verheyden-Hilliard.
1 March 2010
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