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Royal Caribbean Settlement, over 1 Million to Estate of George Smith

Last June everyone wondered why Jennifer Hagel Smith settled with Royal Caribbean. I George smith RCguess there were over 1 million reasons why Jennifer Hagel Smith settled the law suit with Royal Caribbean following the disappearance of her fiancee, George Allen Smith IV.

Royal Caribbean Cruises has agreed to pay more than $1 million to the estate of a Connecticut man who vanished from his honeymoon cruise of the Mediterranean in 2005.

The Florida-based company will pay $950,000 to the estate of George Allen Smith IV and reimburse his widow, Jennifer Hagel Smith, for legal costs up to $110,000. Hagel Smith will start a fund in memory of her husband with an initial donation of $25,000 that the cruise line will match, according to a copy of the settlement obtained by The Associated Press. (Fox News)

Dana Pretzer interview with Bree Smith on Scared Monkeys radio (Dec. 7, 2006), sister of missing George Smith. (Play podcast, go to time stamp: 66:30)

It is hard to believe that is what one’s life is worth. The rush to a settlement had raised the George_Smith5eyebrows of many who followed the case. What is most puzzling is the continued admissions that some how Jennifer Hagel Smith will be able to use any records that she gains from Royal Caribbean against them in the future. I am sure their is very fine and legal print that Royal Caribbean attorneys put in this settlement that states otherwise.

Hagel Smith noted that the settlement also gives her access for the first time to records kept by the cruise line, including vessel logs, security reports, door activity records, photographs, witness statements and correspondence with the FBI.

“My single goal continues to be to find answers regarding how George died,” Hagel Smith said in a statement. “Reaching a settlement in this case in no way shuts down the investigation.”

Since the settlement by Jennifer Hagel Smith there has obviously been a strain in the relationship with George Smith’s parents and sister. They are suing Royal Caribbean in a separate lawsuit, that was initially dismissed but since amended. The bizarre situation that exists in the Hagle Smith settlement is that according to CT State law, the parents of George Smith are entitled to some of the proceeds. Hopefully they can use that in their quest against Royal Caribbean for real answers. As we have discussed with Bree Smith in the past, she and her parents want answers to George’s disappearance not settlements.

Under state law, Hagel Smith will be entitled to the first $100,000 and 75 percent of the balance of the settlement after estate bills are paid, according to her attorney, Elizabeth Byrne. Smith’s parents will be entitled to 25 percent of the balance after the initial $100,000 is paid to his widow, Byrne said.

Cross posted at Scared Monkeys.

January 4th, 2007 at 02:24pm Posted by | Cruise ship, George Allen Smith IV, Jennifer Hagel Smith, Missing, Missing Adult | 4 comments

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  1. The fact that a rather small percentage of the settlement will be going to the parents is a trivial concern, they have no control over the case and the spouse can settle it even if her last contact with her husband involved a pointy shoe in the wrong location followed by nocturnal activities with a ship’s employee.

    The ‘access’ to the documents doesn’t seem to even mention anything about ‘use’ or ‘copying’ and it seems a public relations ploy rather than a significant event involving the cruise line lifting the veil of secrecy that always descends over any sort of untwoard shipboard incident.

    Comment by Fools Gold | January 13, 2007

  2. I wonder what took so long for it to be made public? What a disgrace!

    Comment by Di | January 14, 2007

  3. this case stinks. i don’t like hagel at all. the words “black widow” come to mind, i can’t help it.

    a woman marries a rich man, offs him a few days after marrying him, has convenient amnesia-type thing to cover up suspicious behavior, does interviews to get public sympathy but at the same time keeps her mouth shut about the details, blames a flawed system, keeps the focus on the flawed system (Royal Caribbean) instead of the possible murderers, then several months after receives a million dollars…

    yeah yeah, call me *creative*…but it just stinks!

    Comment by cyberpunk | January 25, 2007

  4. Couldn’t have said it better!

    Comment by kelly | February 11, 2007

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