The children of a man who died of a heart attack in 2015 while working out in a Los Angeles gym they claimed did not have an automated external defibrillator (AED) have reached a settlement with the gym.

Lawyers for plaintiffs Michael, Lauren and Rachel Palotay filed a notice of settlement on Oct. 21 with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Benny Osorio, City News Service reported. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Related: Heart Attack Victim’s Kids Sue Gym Over Lack of AED

The Palotays alleged negligence and wrongful death on the part of Studio City Fitness Gym, where their father, Marc Palotay, suffered a heart attack and died on March 20, 2015. The family filed suit in May 2015. Palotay’s personal trainer also was named as a defendant.

The family claimed that Studio City Fitness Gym did not have an AED, personnel at the gym were not trained to use the AED and their father did not receive defibrillation until emergency personnel arrived. The gym’s manager told City News Service last year that the gym did have an AED and that Palotay, 65, agreed to a waiver with the gym when he signed his membership contract.

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Stuart Goldman is Editor of iClubs.