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County: $1 million settlement in jeopardy after plaintiff's attorneys violate non-disclosure terms

Posted By Paula Collis, Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A $1 million settlement for a woman who was sexually assaulted by a former Kern County sheriff’s deputy may be in jeopardy as county lawyers say the woman’s attorneys violated a non-disclosure agreement by sending out a news release Monday.

Assistant County Counsel Mark Nations said the law firm of Chain Cohn Stiles signed a memorandum in the case that states the following: “This settlement will not be publicly disclosed by any party unless required by statute.”

As a public agency, the county is required to disclose the settlement, Nations said, but the law firm is not and has violated the terms of the agreement. He said he and other county attorneys will discuss what steps to take next.


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