Settlement Over Texas Land Could Help Filipinos

A $10 million settlement over land in Texas could help compensate victims of ex-Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos

U.S. District Judge Terry Means on Tuesday approved settlement of a class-action lawsuit involving more than 9,500 Filipinos. The dispute involves companies that own land believed bought with funds from the Marcos estate. He died in 1989 in Hawaii.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the plaintiffs or their relatives are seeking compensation for being victims of torture, financial abuse or other corruption at the hands of the Marcos regime.

Plaintiffs attorney Robert Swift says the companies are expected to sell the 4,000 acres in the Fort Worth area and 520 acres in Colorado.

Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, representing the defendants, did not immediately comment Thursday.

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