Earlier today we posted an article stating that we heard rumors of settlement talks in the school system’s civil case with Heery Construction. To read it, and catch up on the history of the case, click this link >> Are we on the road to a settlement with Heery Mitchell?
Fast forward a few short hours to this evenings monthly Board meeting, where the motion to accept a settlement was put forth by Michael Thurmond and approved by the Board with very, very little discussion. In fact, the monetary amount was not disclosed except for a slip of the tongue by Michael Thurmond when he said “We can put the $7 million back into the schools.”
It’s very surprising – actually shocking – that they settled for so little, considering the initial amount of the school system’s counterclaim was $100 million! And in our earlier post, we linked to a recent news article that stated that on April 2nd, Judge Stanley Birch, a special master assigned to the case eliminated the majority of Heery’s claim against the district and dismissed the idea that the Heery case was related to the pending matters of Dr. Lewis and Ms. Reid. Judge Birch later reduced DeKalb’s claims to $33.5 million. We were expecting them to settle somewhere closer to $30 million – certainly not less than $10 million!
Oh boy. As always, the only real winner here in the end was King & Spalding. And maybe Heery’s attorney, DLA Piper.
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