The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
March 1, 2013

After years of court fighting and a failed appeal, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association is negotiating details to pay nearly $5 million to a former business associate defamed, a federal jury said, by union officials.

“The association is going to pay the award,” union spokesman JeVaughn Baker said in a telephone interview this afternoon.

A federal jury said in 2010 that that CCPOA officials had ruined Brian Dawe’s name and his livelihood over a business dispute and awarded him a total $12 million in damages. Presiding Judge Lawrence Karlton found the sum excessive and reduced it to $4.96 million.

CCPOA appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel upheld the trial court decision last month.

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