Florida’s top court limits total liability to $300K in Parkland school shooting victims’ lawsuit

PARKLAND, Fla. – The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday against the families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victims.

The court ruled that the Broward County School Board is only obligated to pay up to $300,000 in total liability payments. This is to be shared among all of the families who were victimized in the 2018 Valentine’s Day massacre, that left 17 dead.

These are the 17 victims who lost their lives in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (WPLG)

Attorney Todd Michaels said that under state law, the board is only obligated to financial liability for the school shooting as one incident, instead of each family’s devastating loss.

“It’s obviously disappointing and it’s disappointing because it changes the way these families have to pursue justice obviously the families are disappointed,” Michaels said.

Lori Alhadeff, center, and her husband Ilan Alhadeff, right, hold a picture of their daughter Alyssa Alhadeff, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim, March 23, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Lori Alhadeff, a school board member who lost her daughter Alyssa in the massacre, released a statement in response to the ruling.

“I’m disheartened once again to see that the best interests and hearts of those who lost loved ones or were injured are not protected,” Alhadeff said. "A financial gain will never suffice for injury and suffering, but the fact that the Supreme Court ruled against us all leaves me saddened and disappointed.”


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