Disneyland backed out of a settlement Wednesday with a woman whose son was stabbed to death in Tomorrowland, alleging her attorney broke a promise to keep the settlement secret.
A jury in July had found the amusement park negligent for failing to provide adequate medical care to Mel C. Yorba, 18, when he was stabbed in 1981, and had awarded $600,000 in damages to his brother Mark and his mother, Ellen Reynolds of Riverside. Last week, Reynolds' attorney, John A. Luetto, confirmed that the case had been settled, avoiding a long appeal.
But in papers filed Wednesday, Disneyland attorney Richard E. McCain said, "The conduct of (Reynolds and Luetto) demonstrates a complete lack of integrity and constitutes material breach of the agreement."
McCain renewed his demand for a new trial, alleging misconduct of jurors and insufficiency of evidence.
The two-week trial before Orange County Superior Court Judge Jerrold S. Oliver became a challenge to park emergency medical policies and practices.