R.I. club owners still owe from fire


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A Rhode Island judge is questioning why the owners of a nightclub where 100 people died in a fire in 2003 still haven't paid a $1 million penalty for failing to carry workers' compensation insurance.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/TQH86U ) that Chief Judge George Healy Jr. of the state Workers' Compensation Court has summoned lawyers for Station nightclub owners Michael and Jeffrey Derderian to a Feb. 4 meeting.

The $1 million penalty was assessed more than eight years ago.

The Derderians' lawyer and state officials say they're still waiting for a decision in the Derderians' appeal of the penalty. A three-judge panel heard arguments in the appeal in 2005.

A state judiciary spokesman says the appeal stalled because court officials were never notified that the Derderians' bankruptcy cases were over.


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