Clark County may settle child welfare lawsuit for $2 million

Seven former foster children alleging abuse and neglect in the child welfare system may soon receive a settlement in excess of $2 million from Clark County.

Clark County has spent spent $1.4 million on attorney fees, which covered outside counsel, and other costs in defending the case, according to Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa.

The $2.075 million settlement will go before the Clark County Commission for approval during its Tuesday meeting.

“These children and youth, who are subject of the settlement, were injured physically and mentally,” Bill Grimm, the attorney representing the children, said Friday. “Every single one of them went down this long road because they entered (the lawsuit) to improve the system for the children that came after them. They certainly remain hopeful that they will send a message to the system.”

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