Family Settles Water Lawsuit With Polygamist Towns

Published on August 07, 2014 at 12:40PM

A family that sued two Utah-Arizona polygamous border towns over a denied household water connection has settled the dispute privately. Documents filed Tuesday in federal court in Phoenix show Ronald and Jinjer Cooke have dropped their claims against Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona. Details of the settlement were not disclosed. Attorneys for the Cookes and the cities told The Salt Lake Tribune that the agreement is confidential.

The family had claimed they were discriminated against when they moved to the towns in 2008 and were denied a water hookup for religious reasons. The towns argued the family was denied utilities because they filled out paperwork incorrectly. A Phoenix jury in March awarded the Cookes $5.2 million. Before Tuesday’s settlement, the cities had planned to appeal that award.