A federal appellate court has ruled that a $5 million judgement against California's prison officers' union will stand, brushing aside the group's arguments that the sum is excessive and that a federal jury's verdict in the case was wrong.
"We're disappointed that our appeal was unsuccessful, but we'll comply with the court and move forward," California Correctional Peace Officers Association spokesman JeVaughn Baker said this morning.
Does that mean the union will continue the court fight?
"We'll confer with our attorneys to determine the viability of our remaining options," Baker said.
Still, the decision issued Friday could have been worse for CCPOA. Plaintiff Brian Dawe had contended that he should receive more than twice as much money, but the appellate court disagreed.
Dawe successfully argued during a 2010 federal jury trial that CCPOA officials had ruined his name and his livelihood in a business dispute. The jury awarded a total $12 million in damages, but presiding Judge Lawrence Karlton said that sum was excessive and reduced it to $4.96 million.
While CCPOA appealed, Dawe filed his own appeal to the Ninth Circuit, asking that it restore the jury's award……The State Worker: Correctional officers lose bid to flip $5 million defamation case