Dog-mauling suit settled

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com December 21 2002 12:00 AM ET

The mother and the partner of the late Diane Alexis Whipple, who was killed in a January 2001 dog-mauling attack in San Francisco, have settled their wrongful-death lawsuits against the owners of the property management firm that owns the apartment building in which the attack took place, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Under the terms of the settlement, Whipple's mother, Penny Whipple Kelly, and Whipple's partner, Sharon Smith, will receive an undisclosed amount of cash from Rudolph and Annette Koppl, who own Marina Green Properties Inc. According to Smith's attorney, her settlement money will go to a charity that supports athletics and other causes; Whipple had been a college women's lacrosse coach. Both Kelly and Smith are still pursuing wrongful-death suits against the dogs' owners, Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller, who are serving time in state prison for manslaughter in Whipple's death.