Family settles polygamist towns lawsuit for $2M

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A family awarded a $5.2 million judgment over a denied water hookup in two Utah-Arizona polygamous border towns has settled for less than half that amount to avoid appeals.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports a private agreement disclosed Thursday shows Ronald and Jinjer Cooke will get about $2 million from insurers and utility companies representing Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona.

The family had claimed they were discriminated against when they moved to the towns in 2008 and were denied a water hookup for religious reasons. The towns argued the family was denied utilities because they filled out paperwork incorrectly.

A Phoenix jury in March awarded the Cookes $5.2 million.

Before the settlement was reached in July the cities had planned to appeal that award.

The settlement says the cities must provide the Cookes water access.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,


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