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Napa Valley Women Kicked From Train for ‘Laughing While Black’ Settle Lawsuit

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The group of mostly black women who accused a Napa Valley train company of kicking them off with racial motivation have settled a lawsuit against the train operator, according to a report.

The value of the settlement has not been stated publicly, according to a San Jose Mercury News report. The women originally had sued for $11 million.

The incident occurred in August of last year when the book club composed of 11 women—10 black and one white—traveled on a Napa Valley wine train to discuss a romance novel, according to reports. The train conductor removed them for being loud.

The story received national attention and launched a Twitter hashtag #laughingwhileblack.


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