CCPOA on the hook for unspecified sum, Appeal likely
The jury has returned a verdict in the Dawe vs CUSA-CCPOA case in federal court. I do not have any OFFICIAL information, but I have received informal reports from a couple of informed sources. According to those sources, this is how it shook out.
The jury has determined that Corrections U.S.A. (CUSA), CCPOA and several named individuals did defame Dawe, Harkins and Loud and did breach a contract with Flat Iron Mountain Associates (FIMA) and various individuals. The jury has not yet decided on a damage figure. It could be anywhere from an insignificant amount of money to several million dollars. That decision will be made soon, probably by the end of this week. CCPOA insurance for Errors and Omissions was not in force at the time these acts occurred, so they (meaning the membership) are not insured against this verdict.
The jury also determined that Dawe, Harkins and Loud did not commit fraud against CUSA and did not unlawfully convert CUSA property to their personal use.
I have no information on whether or not any appeals are planned.
CCPOA is already on the hook for major legal costs in this matter regardless of any verdict. That figure is in excess of $3 million. This is in addition to the costs of the legal actions currently underway against Don Novey and Steve Fournier.
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