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Settlement reached in death of student

Mon., June 22, 2009, 11:28 a.m.

Ambassadors Group Inc. has settled a lawsuit filed by a Minnesota couple whose son died during a June 2007 trip to Japan.

Terms were not disclosed. The suit was scheduled for trial next month.

Tyler Hill, a 16-year-old who had Type 1 diabetes, fell ill on a climb of Mount Fuji. According to the complaint in Hennepin County (Minn.) District Court in January 2008, Hill was left in a motel room, where he began vomiting blood, then lapsed into a coma. He was taken to a hospital in Tokyo and died two days later.

Allen and Sheryl Hill alleged Ambassadors was negligent in not seeking medical care for their son, committed fraud, and violated privacy laws. They had sought more than $86,750 in costs and damages.

In a news release, Ambassadors said the settlement would not have a material effect on the company.

President Jeff Thomas said the company was pleased that the dispute with the Hills had been resolved.

“We can see that there are steps that all of the (trip) leaders should have taken that could have prevented Tylers’s death,” Thomas said. “We continue to review all policies surrounding students with pre-existing conditions, including diabetes.

“We are very sorry for Tyler’s death.”

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