The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
By Jon Ortiz
April 19, 2013

After fighting and twice losing in court, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association is poised to pay off a $5 million federal defamation judgment.

U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Karlton has ordered that $3 million the union had paid into a court-controlled escrow account be released to Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney, LLP, the law firm representing Brian Dawe. Once the court clerk releases the money, CCPOA has three days to pay the balance.

A federal jury said in 2010 that that CCPOA officials defamed Dawe and ruined his livelihood. It awarded him $12 million in damages, but Karlton found the sum excessive and reduced it to $4.96 million.

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