Friday, May 22, 2009

Eckersley lawsuit against former Governor Matt Blunt's administration settled

Released by Missouri Attorney General's Office

Jefferson City, Mo. - The final issues related to the Scott Eckersley lawsuit against five members of the former gubernatorial administration have been settled for $500,000. It is important to note that the parties to this settlement agreement continue to vigorously defend the validity of their various positions.

There have been significant expenses associated with the lawsuit. To date, $1,348,952.07 has been paid to defense attorneys from the State Legal Expense Fund. Continuing the litigation through trial would likely mean additional significant expenses.

Consequently, a settlement is in the best interest of the taxpayers. As part of today's agreement, defendants Rich AuBuchon, Richard Chrismer, Henry Herschel, Ed Martin, and Governor Matt Blunt, and plaintiff Scott Eckersley issued the following statement:

Joint Statement of the Parties

The lawsuit in this case was filed following the termination of Scott Eckersley's employment by the Office of the Governor, State of Missouri. Based on the claims and defenses asserted by both plaintiff and defendants, all of the parties strongly believe in the merits of their positions. However, for various reasons including the cost of continuing to litigate this matter through trial, all of the undersigned parties to the Release agree that settling the case for the amount of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00) on behalf of the defendants and the State Legal Expense Fund, in exchange for full and complete release of all claims asserted, is in the best interests of the taxpayers of the State of Missouri.

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