Settlement in chimp attack lawsuit

Charla Nash after a full face transplant in May 2011. Photo by Lightchaser Photography.

November 29, 2012 11:02:39 AM PST
Lawyers for a woman mauled by a chimpanzee in Connecticut have agreed to settle a lawsuit against the estate of the primate's now-dead owner.

Attack victim Charla Nash's family filed the lawsuit in 2009 in state Superior Court seeking $50 million in damages from chimp owner Sandra Herold, who died in 2010. Nash was blinded, lost both hands and underwent a face transplant after being mauled outside Herold's Stamford home in February 2009.

A court document obtained Thursday by The Associated Press shows lawyers for Nash's family this week accused lawyers for Herold's estate of failing to provide information needed to complete the settlement. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

The attorney for Herold's estate says his office has since turned over the information and the settlement is nearly finalized.

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