Philadelphia, PA - Today the law firm of Caroselli, Beachler & Coleman, L.L.C. (CBMC) applauded District Judge A. Richard Caputo's ruling approving the partial settlement in the "kids for cash" case. Under the agreement, Mericle Construction and its president, Robert K. Mericle will pay nearly $18 million into a settlement fund.
"On behalf of the thousands of children and their families who have been waiting for years to see some measure of justice served, we're very pleased with Judge Caputo's ruling," said William R. Caroselli, a partner at CBMC.
CBMC was the first firm to file a civil case in the matter and Caroselli and David Senoff led the effort along with co-counsels Mike Cefalo and James Albert.
"This ruling will help the victims and their families start to put this horrible incident behind them," added Caroselli. "We still have more work to do, but this is a significant step in the right direction. The holidays just got a little brighter for a lot of these families."
The settlement resolves all claims against Mericle Construction, Mr. Mericle and Luzerne County. The lawsuits will continue against, among others, the former judges, Robert Powell, and the private juvenile facilities. The settlement has been entered into with no admission of liability.