It’s coming up to four years since the world lost Paul Walker but that doesn’t mean there isn’t ongoing litigation from multiple parties vying for money from each other. According to Entertainment News on their article earlier today (Oct. 24,2017), it looks like Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow Walker, and Porsche A.G. have reached a private settlement and requested that the courts drop the case altogether. Although we don’t have a dollar amount on the actual settlement, it’s safe to assume that number is somewhere in the millions.
The wrongful death lawsuit was first filed against Porsche back in 2015. At that time, Meadow Walker’s attorney, Jeffrey Milam, along with court documents, alleged that the Porsche Carrera GT, driven by Roger Rodas with Paul Walker as a passenger “had a history of instability and control issues” and Porsche, reportedly “failed to install its electronic stability control system, which is specifically designed to protect against the swerving actions inherent in hyper-sensitive vehicles of this type.”
Key to this argument was evidence that pointed to Paul Walker being alive shortly after the crash, but defective seatbelts prevented Paul from exiting the Porsche Carrera GT.
Although Porsche has settled, no admission of guilt is on the record.
This isn’t the first chunk of money that Meadow Walker received originating from the death of her father as attorney Jeffrey Milam, on behalf of Meadow, already secured $10.1 M from Roger Rodas’s estate. That amount was calculated from how much Paul Walker would’ve theoretically made if he were still alive making movies. Meadow received $7.3 M with the rest going to her attorneys.
Additionally, the entire Paul Walker estate valued at around $25 M was also signed over to Meadow Walker as part of Paul’s will.
It’s a part of the Hollywood lifestyle that most would rather not talk about or gloss over, but where their’s money to be made, every effort to get that money will be carried out. Celebrity attorneys make their livelihood, oftentimes, on the misfortunes of their clients. Sure, it’s legal, so it will continue as long as famous people meet misfortune.