The Minnesota Court of Appeals has issued split decisions on whether a California design firm will remain a defendant in lawsuits over a 2007 bridge collapse that killed 13 people.
One of Tuesday's decisions by a three-judge panel dismisses Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. from claims filed by engineering firm URS Corp. The judges say too much time has passed for Jacobs to have a shared liability.
But the same panel ruled that Jacobs would remain a defendant in claims filed by the state.
Jacobs is the successor to the now-defunct company that designed the Interstate 35W bridge in the 1960s.
The opinions come a day after URS agreed to pay $52.4 million to settle lawsuits filed by victims. URS said it was disappointed by Tuesday's ruling.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Grow the Future of Public Media
MPR News is supported by Members. Gifts from individuals power everything you find here. Make a gift of any amount today to become a Member!