Suit settled in crash of Learjet 60
A settlement has been reached in one lawsuit stemming from the September 2008 crash of a Learjet 60 in which Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein was injured. According to Los Angeles County Superior Court papers, the widow of pilot James Bland, who died in the Columbia, S.C. crash, will receive $406,250 and his daughter will receive $25,000 a year for the next three years from defendants in the case–Global Executive Aviation, Inter Travel & Services and the Pem Group. In a separate filing, the estate of Adam Goldstein is suing Clay Lacy Aviation, Goodyear Tire, Learjet and Inter Travel & Services and others for wrongful death. The suit claims Goldstein, who was found dead in August in his Manhattan apartment, was forced to take various drugs for the burns and emotional distress he suffered as a result of the crash. The accident, therefore, was the ultimate cause of the celebrity disc jockey’s death of a drug overdose, the suit alleges. The official cause of death was determined to be “acute intoxication” from a combination of prescription drugs and cocaine.