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Wrongful death lawsuit against Hooper Bay ends with $900K settlement


After more than three years of proceedings and an Alaska Court of Appeals decision, the family of a man who hanged himself in a Hooper Bay jail cell has been awarded just under $900,000 in a wrongful death lawsuit.

The family’s attorney, Jim Valcarce, says the $1.04 million initially awarded by a local jury was reduced by 20 percent due to an error in the jury instructions. The case was settled after prolonged negotiations with an insurance adjuster, he said.


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