$227M settlement reached in deadly Philadelphia collapse

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  • Francis Sankoh, who's mother Roseline Conteh died in a 2013 building collapse, speaks with members of the media during a news conference in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Lawyers for 19 people killed or injured in a Philadelphia building collapse reached a $227 million settlement with several defendants as the jury, which already had found them liable, deliberated Wednesday on damages. Six people were killed and 13 injured when a towering brick wall left unbraced during a demolition project crushed an adjacent Salvation Army store in 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Francis Sankoh, who's mother Roseline Conteh died in a 2013 building collapse, speaks with members of the media during a news conference in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Lawyers for 19 people killed or injured in a Philadelphia building ... collapse reached a $227 million settlement with several defendants as the jury, which already had found them liable, deliberated Wednesday on damages. Six people were killed and 13 injured when a towering brick wall left unbraced during a demolition project crushed an adjacent Salvation Army store in 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (The Associated Press)

  • Plaintiff attorneys from left, Jeffrey Goodman, Robert Mongeluzzi, Steven Wigrizer, and Harry Roth speak with members of the media during a news conference in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Lawyers for 19 people killed or injured in a Philadelphia building collapse reached a $227 million settlement with several defendants as the jury, which already had found them liable, deliberated Wednesday on damages. Six people were killed and 13 injured when a towering brick wall left unbraced during a demolition project crushed an adjacent Salvation Army store in 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Plaintiff attorneys from left, Jeffrey Goodman, Robert Mongeluzzi, Steven Wigrizer, and Harry Roth speak with members of the media during a news conference in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Lawyers for 19 people killed or injured in a ... Philadelphia building collapse reached a $227 million settlement with several defendants as the jury, which already had found them liable, deliberated Wednesday on damages. Six people were killed and 13 injured when a towering brick wall left unbraced during a demolition project crushed an adjacent Salvation Army store in 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (The Associated Press)

A $227 million settlement has been reached in a civil case over a deadly Philadelphia building collapse.

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Six people were killed and 13 injured when a towering brick wall from a demolition project crushed an adjacent Salvation Army store in 2013.

Two unqualified demolition contractors are serving long prison terms. But the building owner and his architect were never charged. The victims had been seeking damages from both men, along with the Salvation Army.

Lawyers for a number of victims and their families say it's the largest negotiated settlement in a personal injury case in state court history.

Lawyer Robert Mongeluzzi says Wednesday's settlement is "a powerful deterrent" to businesses that try to cut corners and put lives at risk.

The settlement will be paid to 19 plaintiffs who died or were injured in the collapse.