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Nov 22, 2013 6:41 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Companies Settle in Chuck E Cheese Lawsuit

CORPUS CHRISTI - There has been some major movement in the Chuck E Cheese lawsuit. Two of the three companies being sued have agreed to pay the family of the young boy killed in a Chuck E Cheese parking lot in 2010.

You may remember 3-year old Eli Rodriguez. He died after he was hit by a truck in the Chuck E Cheese parking lot off South Staples in 2010. His mother, Yvonne Rosas filed a lawsuit against Chuck E Cheese, the property managers, and the owners of the shopping center where the restaurant is located. Just yesterday a Judge Lisa Gonzales approved a settlement for Chuck E Cheese and CC Quality Construction, the owner of the shopping center.

Chuck E Cheese and the property managers told the court after hearing the evidence, they have agreed to settle. Eli's mother, Yvonne Rosas was asking for 50-million dollars for herself and 30-million each for her two other children out of the suit.

Two of the three companies decided to avoid a jury trial and agreed to pay Rosas and the family. The amount that will be paid to the family is unknown because they agreed on a Confidential Settlement Agreement. But according to court documents, Eli's 17-year old sister will get periodic payments from the companies. And his 13-year old brother will have his money placed in a Special Needs Trust until he turns 18.

Because Corpus Christi Realty Management, the property managers, did not settle they will be going to trial in February. The family is represented by the Hilliard Munoz Gonzalez firm and attorney James Ragan.

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