Thursday, May 30, 2013
Ind. Gov't. - "South Bend settles environmental claims related to former Studebaker, Oliver sites" Settlement is secret
Erin Blasko reports today in the SB Tribune:
The Redevelopment Commission on Thursday approved the final settlement agreement related to the former Studebaker and Oliver Plow Works properties southwest of downtown, capping more than 10 years of work by the city's legal department and its environmental attorneys.ILB: So is the settlement agreement and amount secret, or secret until July 25? Further in the story:
Under the terms of the agreement, Continental Casualty Company and The Continental Insurance Company will pay the Redevelopment Commission an undisclosed amount of money to settle environmental claims related the former Oliver property, now the Oliver Industrial Park.
As with previous settlements, the terms of the agreement, including the dollar amount, are confidential.
That said, the legal department intends to issue a final report on all of the settlements, including the total dollar amount, at the Redevelopment Commission's meeting on July 25.
Asked about that amount Thursday, Senior Redevelopment Specialist Ann Kolata, who along with the city's environmental attorneys, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, has been working to resolve the numerous environmental claims related to the two properties since 1999, said, “It's several million dollars in total.”
In total, between seven and nine settlements have been reached with various parties over the years, Kolata said. That includes a settlement with Cooper Industries LLC, the successor to the Studebaker Corp., that was reached in March.So were these "between seven and nine" settlement agreements secret too?
For background see the following ILB entries:
- Oct. 12, 2005 - ILB post quotes IndyStar story re a settlement in high school journalism adviser case: "The settlement agreement also prohibits either side from releasing it publicly unless required by law. The Indianapolis Star obtained a copy Tuesday after sending a public records request to the school district."
- Dec. 13, 2005 - "The case of the Knightstown Banner, LLC v. Town of Knightstown, et al. was written up here on Nov. 11th, under the heading "Question of making town's private settlement public argued before Court of Appeals." Today, the Court of Appeals has reversed the trial court and ruled in favor of the Knightstown Banner that the terms of the settlement at issue are a public record."
- May 25, 2006 - Tuesday this ILB entry reported on a Crawfordsville settlement agreement (Per the AP "The city has settled with the mayor's former administrative assistant over her allegations that she was fired after spurning his sexual advances) where the terms were protected by a non-disclosure agreement. * * * Per the Crawfordsville Journal Review: "Peebles, the city’s attorney, released a copy of the settlement Wednesday after the Journal Review requested it under the Indiana Access to Public Records Act. The written request noted the Indiana Court of Appeals recently sided with the Knightstown Banner in its quest for public records written by an insurance carrier’s attorney."
- July 28, 2006 - Supreme Court denied transfer in Knightstown Banner, LLC v. Town of Knightstown, et al..
- June 20, 2012 - "Settlement Amounts Disclosed In Two Lawsuits Filed Against Dubois County" - "The Herald is reporting it was given copies of the settlement from Nordhoff after filing an inquiry with the Indiana public access counselor last week."
Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 30, 2013 07:26 PM
Posted to Indiana Government