Friday, April 24, 2009

Update on Monteiro Case

Bob reports:

I have filed a number of reports on the case of Monteiro v Cambridge. This is a jury case in which the jury verdict found that the Cambridge City Manager destroyed the life of a black woman department head in retaliation for her filing a civil rights complaint.

The jury awarded $1.1 million or so real damages and $3.5 million penal damages. Verdict came down last May with a hearing on post trial motions June 10 followed by paper submissions that ended August 4.

I am hoping the judge will replace part of the award with a firing of the Cambridge City Manager without pension.

Recently, Cambridge was allowed to file jury transcripts of part or all of the trial. These apparently occurred on March 3 and March 31. I say "apparently" because all I have access to is the docket which, for the most part, only shows the titles of documents filed.

On April 22, 2009, Cambridge filed two papers entitled "Statement of Supplemental Authority."

It looks like Cambridge is worried, probably for good reason.

Hip, hip, hooray for the good guys.