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 user 2005-02-24 at 9:37:00 am Views: 53
  • #10500

    Families Reach Settlement In Xerox Shooting

    HONOLULU – Five
    years ago, gunman Byran Uyesugi shot down seven men at their desks in the Xerox
    building. Now, the families of the victims and two survivors have won a
    multi-million-dollar out-of-court settlement. Uyesugi was convicted of seven
    murders. The men killed in November 1999 were other copier repairmen and a
    supervisor, who he believed were sabotaging him.

    The immediate
    families of the victims were paid settlements by Xerox, but three survivors and
    other relatives pressed the case that the shootings could have been prevented.

    The families sued
    Xerox managers, its security experts and doctors at Kaiser Medical and Castle
    Medical Center who treated Uyesugi.

    During the
    investigation, lawyers found out that after being checked out of Castle, six
    years before the shootings, a Kaiser Medical psychiatrist forgot to schedule a
    follow-up appointment for Uyesugi and Xerox managers ignored continuing threats.

    Uyesugi represented
    himself during the lawsuit and was interviewed by lawyers. He still defended the
    killings based on his delusions of persecution, but also said he believed he had
    no mental problem because the doctors and managers let him keep working.

    By settling, the
    companies avoid the risk of a huge jury verdict and avoid any official blame.

    The settlement
    terms are secret, but KITV 4 News has learned it is in the millions of dollars,
    but far less than $100 million.