McMahon Gets $7 Mln in Toxic Mold Lawsuit - Report
Wed May 7, 2003 08:54 PM ET
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Entertainer Ed McMahon reaped a $7 million settlement
from several companies he sued for allowing toxic mold to overrun his Los Angeles
home and kill his beloved dog, a national mold litigation magazine reported
McMahon, who for years served as Johnny Carson's sidekick on NBC's 'The Tonight
Show,' ended the lawsuit last month with all but one of the companies in confidential
settlements that had been reported to total $230,000.
But earlier this week, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered the settlement
amounts made public, according to a report by COLUMN-Mold published by Harris
The hearing transcript showed that Travelers and American Equity Insurance
companies and other related insurance entities settled with McMahon for more
than $5 million. The rest of the sum was paid by four mold cleanup firms and
two insurance adjusters, according to the transcript.
The lawsuit, filed in April 2002 in Los Angeles Superior Court, initially
demanded $20 million.
McMahon, 80, claimed the defendants botched a simple repair on a broken pipe
at his estate in the posh Coldwater Canyon section of Los Angeles and allowed
a toxic mold to spread through his house, making his family sick and killing
The suit typified litigation over toxic mold infestation, which is believed
to cause serious illness, particularly in the respiratory tract, and even death.
It named Scottsdale, Arizona-based American Equity Insurance Co., a unit of
Citigroup Inc. as a plaintiff as well as several Southern California contractors
who had been hired to clean up the mold.
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