SURFSIDE, Fla. - Victims of the 2021 Surfside condo collapse in South Florida have reached a staggering $997 million settlement after the tragedy claimed the lives of 98 people.The settlement with insurers, developers and defendants was announced in a court hearing on Wednesday, according to the Wall Street Journal.It comes six weeks before the one-year anniversary of the collapse of the 12-story condo building, which happened in the early morning hours of June 24, 2021."I’m shocked by this result — I think it’s fantastic," Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Michael Hanzman said in court, according to a report from the New York Times. "This is a recovery that is far in excess of what I had anticipated."A general view of the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building on June 30, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) RELATED: Despite engineer’s 2018 warning, Surfside official deemed condo building in ‘good shape’Hanzman said the settlement will eliminate years of legal battles, as well as millions of dollars in attorneys' fees, WSVN reported.Prior to the announcement, the judge had approved a much smaller settlement of $83 million to go to owners of units in the destroyed Champlain Towers South building in order to cover their property losses.The nearly $1 billion settlement will still need a final stamp of approval.
It is unclear how the money would be divided up between the survivors and the families of the victims who died in the collapse.AdvertisementThis is a developing story.