TV Station Settles Personal Injury Lawsuit for $30 Million After Cameraman Allegedly Obstructed People From Fleeing Club Fire.

Having a family member taken away before their time is an unimaginable experience.  It is also a tragedy and a fragility that may be made even worse if the cause of your loved one’s death is the negligence of another.  The family who loses a loved one may also incur great personal expenses for medical care and funeral costs.  If you have been forced to experience such an unfortunate event, you are going to want experienced and expert legal representation.  Our firm is a team of injury lawyer specialists with decades of experience and an exceptional reputation for achieving superlative results for our clients.

The 2003 Station Nightclub fire was one of worst public tragedies in Rhode Island history and is still ranked as the fourth most deadly nightclub fire in U.S. history. The fire was allegedly caused by the club’s band’s (Great White) use of indoor pyrotechnics, which ignited the surrounding sound foam and engulfed the entire building in flames in a matter of minutes. People rushed to the exits, but many became trampled or congested at the few open doors.  Tragically, a total of 100 people were killed and another 230 were injured.  As the families of those lost were grieving, they began looking into the causes and factors that lead to so many unnecessary deaths.

One of the alleged factors that reportedly increased the amount of injuries was the presence of local film crew.  Several of the families brought a personal injury lawsuit against WPRI-TV, a TV station, and Brian Butler, a cameraman.  The lawsuit alleged that Butler’s filming at the nightclub, which he continued to do during the fire and panic, impeded the crowd’s exit during the fire.  According to, Butler, who worked for WPRI-TV, was at the nightclub gathering videotape for a segment on safety in public places.

The owner of WPRI-TV, LIN Television Corporation, ultimately agreed to settle the lawsuit for $30 million dollars.  The TV station and cameraman are only some of the parties that faced litigation as a result of the fire.  The band, the band’s manager, and the owner of the club were all infamously brought to court for their alleged negligence as well.

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