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Ed McMahon Settles Toxic Mold Lawsuit

Tuesday, 15-Apr-2003 11:00AM      Story from The Associated Press
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press (via ClariNet)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former "Tonight Show" sidekick Ed McMahon settled a lawsuit against the last of several defendants he sued for toxic mold that allegedly sickened him and his wife, killed his pet and made his Beverly Hills mansion unlivable.

McMahon, 80, agreed to accept $230,000 to resolve the dispute, court documents revealed Monday. He'd sued American Equity Insurance Co., two insurance adjusters and several cleanup contractors for $20 million last year, claiming his 8,000-square-foot mansion was ruined.

The other defendants made settlements over the past few months. The settlement reached Friday was paid by Controlled Environmental Solutions.

McMahon filed the lawsuit in April 2002 claiming that a plumbing pipe in his home ruptured in July 2001, flooding his den. The company he hired to clean the mess, Alliance Environmental Group, allegedly painted over the stachybotrus chartarum, and didn't tell him about the mold.

Soon afterward, McMahon claimed he and his wife got sick and their sheepdog, Muffin, developed respiratory illness and died. The couple moved -- per doctor's orders -- in September 2001, and rented another home at $23,000 a month. Toxic mold later was found in McMahon's master bedroom.

The case had been scheduled to go to trial this week.

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