The latest round of legal expenses cover Larkin Hoffman's work negotiating a settlement with Brodkorb which included $30,000 of severance pay.
Aside from the severance package, the committee will still need to convene at a later date to sign off on final defense payments.
Leaders of the Minnesota Senate announced Thursday a settlement in the lawsuit brought by former staffer Michael Brodkorb. The Senate will pay Brodkorb $30,000, and all claims against the Senate are to be dismissed.
The Senate Rules and Administration Committee took up and approved the latest round of legal defense fees on Monday afternoon, agreeing to pay another $91,000 worth of expenses in the civil lawsuit filed by former staffer Michael Brodkorb.
The growing pressure to reduce carbon emissions is refiguring energy politics from the global down to the local level — a development partially reflected in the energy bill that passed the Minnesota Legislature this year.
The Minnesota Senate is seeking to toss out Brodkorb's gender discrimination lawsuit, alleging his attorneys "willfully and deliberately" posted the documents. But Brodkorb's attorneys Greg Walsh and Phil Villaume say miscommunications between the two attorneys and an legal assistant led to the error, according to the filings posted on Thursday.
The Minnesota Senate wants Michael Brodkorb's sexual discrimination lawsuit tossed out because his attorneys wrongfully disclosed a document that contained names of legislators and staff members who purportedly conducted sexual affairs.
The Senate is seeking a variety of personal materials from aggrieved former staffer Michael Brodkorb, including medical records, recent employment history and private communications relating to his discrimination lawsuit.
The Senate's legal bills stemming from Michael Brodkorb's wrongful termination lawsuit have now reached $226,000. The latest billings from the Larkin Hoffman firm add $27,701 to the tab for work done between February 13 and April 30.
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