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Saturday, January 26, 2008

MDV in the Aloha State

An unusually long newspaper story outlines the facts behind an MDV from a whistleblower case. Honolulu jury awards $3M to city ex-official.

Among the challenges for the defendant city were a witness who took the 5th Amendment and another witness, who appeared to be the main decision maker that led to the case, who had pled guilty to an unrelated misdemeanor charge of misusing city funds.

One quote stands out:
[Plaintiff's attorney] said in the weeks before the trial, he offered to settle the case for $75,000, but Corporation Counsel" never offered more than $5,000.


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