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Berkeley Balcony Collapse: News Round-up for July 20, 2015

"It's hard to imagine the pain inflicted on these wonderful young students and the massive grief to moms and dads, brothers and sisters, and friends. The pain is even worse when you realize that this was totally preventable. This company has had to pay out millions of dollars for bad balconies causing harm to innocent people. One would think that any company with integrity, once they knew of a problem, would immediately do something about it. If it weren't fixing the balconies, then at least making them inaccessible. Our law firm, Girardi & Keese, is continuing to investigate every possible aspect of this terrible tragedy and we will continue to update the public."

- Attorney Tom Girardi

Number of People on the Balcony Not an Issue

Councilman Jesse Arreguin called the balcony collapse "one of the worst tragedies in Berkeley history." Arreguin said, "We have learned there are clear deficiencies in our existing building code." Of particular note, the Council went on to report that the number of people on the balcony was not an issue. Irish News: Berkeley council passes strict new building rules following balcony collapse tragedy (July 15, 2015)

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Segue Construction Has Paid More than $26.5M in Prior Settlements

In the wake of a proposed bill that would require construction companies to disclose felony convictions and settlements to state regulators over construction defects, it came to light that Segue Construction, the company responsible for building the balcony, has paid more than $26.5 million in the past three years to settle lawsuits related to balcony failures.

AP: Berkeley tightens building code after fatal balcony collapse (July 15, 2015)

Berkeley Approves New Construction Standards for Balconies

On July 15, new building standards were approved in the wake of the balcony collapse. City Council voted that new balconies shall be made of corrosion-resistant material and must be ventilated to prevent moisture build up. In addition, existing balconies must be inspected within the following six months, and every three years thereafter.

Irish Examiner: Berkeley approves new building standards after balcony collapse (July 15, 2015)

Irish Student Gets 'Stronger Every Day'

Aoife Beary is scheduled to move from Stanford to a rehabilitation center within the week. She has also been reunited with her family. As far as other survivors; Hannah Waters and Clodagh Cogley are currently undergoing rehab. Niall Murry and Jack Halpin are still receiving treatment in Bay Area hospitals. Conor Flynn has been discharged but cannot fly home due to a punctured lung. Sean Fahey has already returned home.

Irish Independent: Aoife Beary to join fellow Berkeley survivors as Irish student gets 'stronger every day' (July 14, 2015)

Injured Student Clodagh Cogley Posts Inspirational Update on Facebook

Clodagh Cogley posted a moving and inspirational message on Facebook. She suffered serious injuries - two collapsed lungs, a broken shoulder, broken knee, five broken ribs, and broken spinal cord that may mean Cogley won't be able to walk - but went on to write that her intention is to honor the lives of those who died by living her life to the fullest.

New York Daily News: Berkeley balcony collapse survivor says she'll never walk again, as criminal investigation into accident opens (June 26, 2015)

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