Headline RoundupApril 9th, 2024

Norfolk Southern Agrees to $600 Million Settlement Over East Palestine Derailment

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Norfolk Southern agreed to pay residents of East Palestine, Ohio $600 million to settle a class action lawsuit over 2023’s fiery train derailment.

The Details: The agreement includes payments to residents and businesses within 20 miles of the derailment and resolves personal injury claims within a 10-mile radius. Norfolk Southern has already paid $104 million in community assistance for East Palestine and its residents.

Key Quotes: In a Tuesday news release, the company framed the agreement as “another promise kept by Norfolk Southern to make it right for the people of East Palestine and the surrounding communities.” While the agreement was “designed to provide finality and flexibility for settlement class members,” Norfolk Southern said, it also “does not include or constitute any admission of liability, wrongdoing, or fault.”

How the Media Covered It: Coverage was common and fairly similar across the spectrum, with some more sensational outlets publishing wire service articles instead of original coverage. AP (Lean Left bias) stood out by highlighting concerns that the settlement was potentially insufficient to meet residents’ needs — including by highlighting Norfolk Southern’s $3 billion Q1 2024 revenue.

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