Tiffany Li case: Judge asked to seal 12-year settlement in civil case against Hillsborough heiress


HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. (KGO) — It could be more than a decade before we know how much Hillsborough heiress Tiffany Li has agreed to pay to settle a wrongful death lawsuit.

In 2019, a jury found Li not guilty of murdering the father of her two children, Keith Green.

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But the panel is deadlocked on the guilt of her boyfriend, Kaveh Bayat.

He was released from jail after the San Mateo County prosecutor decided not to retry him. But if new evidence emerges in the case, the prosecutor’s office could reverse its decision and retry him.

Li was being sued for wrongful death by Green’s mother, Colleen Cudd.

Last month, the lawyers announced that the case had been settled out of court. Cudd would receive $100,000 and another $50,000 would go to Green’s estate.

But the expected – and much larger – payment for Green’s two daughters has not been disclosed.

In court documents filed last week, Cudd’s attorneys are asking a judge to keep the amount private until the girls turn 18. The girls are now six and nine years old. So if the judge agrees, their payment will not be made public for 12 years.

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“Because the amount of the settlement must be disclosed in court, there is no less restrictive way to maintain contractual confidentiality and protect underage claimants from unscrupulous people who intend to separate them from their money” , wrote Cudd’s attorney, Donald Magilligan.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for February 17. San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Danny Chou is expected to formally approve the settlement and will decide whether to grant Cudd’s lawyers’ request to seal the amount the girls will receive.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told ABC7 News last week that his office had reviewed information that surfaced in the civil case, but none of that would justify his office trying Bayat again. . As ABC7 News previously reported, in a deposition with one of Cudd’s attorneys, Li said she doesn’t know how Green was killed.

But in court documents, Li’s lawyers blamed Bayat and Bayat and Li’s former friend and personal trainer, Olivier Adella.

“After Ms. Li has heard all of the evidence in the criminal trial, Ms. Li believes that Defendant Olivier Adella and/or Defendant Kaveh Bayat killed the late Keith Green,” Li’s lawyers wrote. of Keith Green’s death is due to the acts and/or omissions of Defendant Olivier Adella and Defendant Kaveh Bayat. Ms. Li bears no responsibility in this matter.”

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