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    Great White Settles Up

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    Great White is hoping to make peace with the past—and put their legal problems behind them.

    The "Once Bitten, Twice Shy"-dispensing '80s hard-rock band will pay $1 million to settle lawsuits resulting from the deadly 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire that took the lives of 100 people, including the group's own guitarist, Ty Longley.

    Federal court documents released Tuesday revealed Great White made the offer to survivors and family members of victims to settle its role in the inferno at the Station. The blaze was touched off when stage pyrotechnics ignited flammable soundproofing foam.

    There was no immediate comment from Great White lead singer Jack Russell or a band lawyer.

    On Aug. 18, the town of West Warwick and the state of Rhode Island agreed to pay $10 million each to victims of the blaze to settle all claims of negligence for allegedly failing to take appropriate safety measures.

    Those settlements must be approved by the victims and the court and with the condition that insurers fork over the maximum coverage stipulated on the town's insurance policy.

    All told, nearly $175 million could change hands to settle all the claims filed in the wake of the fire, according to the Providence Journal.

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