Residential elevators may not have to close for $100M lawsuit
The company that owns and operates the elevators at a residential property in suburban Atlanta said on Tuesday it plans to pay $100 million to settle a lawsuit accusing it of failing to follow regulations about the placement of elevators.
The suit, filed by a tenant and her daughter in March, said Comcast failed to ensure the elevator could be secured by tenants, who may not be equipped with tools.
The elevators are used for the building’s main stairway and a small side door, the suit said.
The company has denied any wrongdoing.
The settlement, which is subject to a judge’s approval, will include $5 million for a repair program to install new elevators and $25 million for upgrades to existing elevators that are in good working order.
The deal is subject in part to approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, which has a mandate to address the safety of residential elevator systems.
The agency, which regulates cable and telecommunications, has yet to make a decision about the settlement, according to a spokeswoman.