After years of court fighting and a failed appeal, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association is negotiating details to pay $5 million to a former business associate who was 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 Friday.
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 $12 million in damages.
Presiding Judge Lawrence Karlton reduced the sum to $4.96 million. CCPOA appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and lost last month. With Dawe's court costs, CCPOA's obligation exceeds $5 million.
Dawe attorney Daniel Baxter said Friday that the two sides are negotiating the payment's details. As CCPOA appealed, it put $3 million into an escrow account and secured the rest with property, including its West Sacramento headquarters.
The union says it now has the money on hand to pay the full amount.
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