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State Pays $700,000 To Settle Deschutes Co. Wrongful Firing Suit

The state has agreed to pay three former Deschutes County prosecutors and their lawyers more than $700,000 to settle a wrongful discharge lawsuit.

Former deputy district attorneys Phil Duong, Brentley Foster and Jody Vaughan sued District Attorney Patrick Flaherty and county officials in 2011, alleging they were fired because they tried to form a union. They sought $22 million and reinstatement. The county was later released from liability.

The Bulletin newspaper of Bend reports accusations were traded during the dispute.

The fired prosecutors alleged Flaherty destroyed evidence, and Flaherty said the trio had a history of poor performance.

Flaherty objected to the settlement, saying the state was “throwing money at meritless lawsuits.”

Vaughan will get $250,000, Foster will receive $200,000 and Duong will collect almost $70,000.


Information from: The Bulletin,

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