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 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.
In theory at least, state Rep. Jim Abeler should be a formidable candidate for the GOP nomination in the 2014 U.S. Senate contest. The Anoka Republican brings 15 years of legislative experience at the Capitol and a deep understanding of health care issues.
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.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said the $500,000 set aside for legal fees was not intended to be used for a settlement.
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.
**UPDATED** U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's surprise decision to not seek re-election has produced a frenzy of speculation about who might seek the GOP nomination in Minnesota's most conservative congressional district. At least a dozens names have been floated as possible successors to the four-term incumbent.
A federal judge has dismissed claims that former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb was defamed by comments made about his lawsuit by the former Secretary of the Senate. The ruling narrows Brodkorb's case against the Senate to federal and state allegations of gender discrimination.
Republican political operative Michael Brodkorb was hospitalized after a one-car accident on Interstate 35E in Mendota Heights on Wednesday evening.
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