staples-w-wwlawSince a lawsuit was first filed against the Staples Center by a Garden Grove couple whose 34-month-old son fell 25 feet to his death from a luxury suite during a Lakers game–and up through the first days of the trial that started last week–arena representatives were adamant that parental neglect was to blame for the tragedy.

But then the cracks began to show …

In midtrial Tuesday, the late Lucas Tang’s parents, Henry Tang and Hoia Mi Nguyen, and the Staples Center’s owners/operators, L.A. Arena Co. and L.A. Arena Funding, settled the suit that alleged “negligent” design of a food and beverage shelf and a tempered glass barrier in the suite contributed to the child’s death in May 2010.

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