The lawsuit filed against former Governor Matt Blunt and five members of his staff over the termination of lawyer Scott Eckersley has been settled.
The official announcement from the Attorney General’s Office states the suit has been settled for $500,000 – with the various parties maintaining their positions. The AGs Office says more than $1.3-million has been paid to defense attorneys from the State Legal Expense Fund, and it was felt continuing the litigation would likely mean additional significant expenses to Missouri taxpayers.
Earlier, a source who declined to be named told the Missourinet about the settlement, complete with the dollar amount of the settlement.
The lawsuit was filed by Eckersley in January of 2008, when the lawyer claimed he was fired as retaliation against his raising concerns the administration’s handling of e-mails might have violated the state’s Sunshine Law.