Anheuser-Busch, R.I. beer co. offer $21M in club fire
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, 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.
Under terms of the settlement, Anheuser-Busch would pay $5 million and McLaughlin & Moran would pay $16 million.
The settlement is subject to approval by the hundreds who have sued.
The nightclub fire began when pyrotechnics used by the rock band ignited flammable soundproofing foam on the club's walls and ceiling. More than 200 people were injured.