Anheuser-Busch settles in fire suit

From the Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch Inc. and a distributor have offered $21 million to settle lawsuits brought by survivors and family members of those who died in a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people, according to court papers filed Friday.

More than $120 million has now been offered to victims of the Feb. 20, 2003, fire at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., including past settlements with Home Depot, Clear Channel Broadcasting and fireworks makers.

The St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch and its Cranston, R.I.-based distributor, McLaughlin & Moran, did not admit wrongdoing. They were named in the lawsuits because survivors said they promoted the concert.

The settlement is subject to approval by the hundreds who have sued.

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