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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Another "secret" settlement: "County settles lawsuit over Bridge 13"

Paul Gable, editor of the Shelbynews.com, reports today in a story that begins [emphasis by ILB]:

A Shelby County bridge that is over 120 years old and has been closed for years, was recently the subject of a lawsuit between a New Palestine resident and the Shelby County Highway Department and Shelby County Commissioners.

Donovan Higgins was the plaintiff and was awarded a settlement as a result of an accident on Bridge 13 in Moral Township. Terms of the settlement have not been disclosed. County attorney John D. DePrez IV declined to give specifics, instead forwarding calls to The Travelers Companies.

“We are not able to go into detail on legal issues ... ” wrote Daryl Richard, corporte communications for Traveler’s, in an email.

Paul Belch, Travelers Staff Counsel, said in a phone interview that he could not disclose the financial settlement.

“Our policy is that we do not reveal that information,” Belch said.

Therefore, county residents will not know what the tort case brought by Higgins will cost nor what the settlement was.

Court records from Hancock County Circuit Show show the case was to have gone before a jury in February 2014.

ILB: For more on secret settlements, see this May 30, 2013 post, headed "'South Bend settles environmental claims related to former Studebaker, Oliver sites': Settlement is secret". The entry collects a number of earlier entries where secrecy claims were made. See also this followup story to the South Bend Studebaker story, from July 25th, 2013, where the terms of the settlement were revealed.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 3, 2013 10:57 AM
Posted to Indiana Government