- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island House is scheduled to vote next week on legislation designed to encourage out-of-court settlements in the lawsuit against Curt Schilling over the collapse of his video game company.

The bill goes to a vote on Tuesday after winning unanimous support in the House Judiciary Committee. The Senate has already passed the bill.

The measure aims to shield any defendant that settles in the case from lawsuits from co-defendants over damages for which that co-defendant is found liable.

The former Economic Development Corp. sued the ex-Red Sox pitcher and others after 38 Studios went bankrupt. The agency approved a $75 million loan guarantee for the company. The state is on the hook for some $90 million.

The agency’s lawyer says the bill would help maximize any financial recovery.

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