- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A former University of Oregon public safety officer will receive $1 million to settle a retaliation lawsuit.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/r4ii5S ) that UO announced Wednesday that they will pay James Cleavenger to end the long-running litigation.

Jurors awarded Cleavenger $755,000 plus attorneys’ fees after hearing his free speech retaliation case against the university in September 2015. UO appealed the verdict.

Cleavenger will receive less in the settlement than the jury awarded him because he will have to pay his attorneys out of the lump sum. After fees, Cleavenger will receive about $545,000.

Cleavenger in 2013 sued the university and its police department saying he was wrongfully fired for reporting problems, including a vulgar list compiled by officers. The list included people and things the department disliked, from Hillary Clinton to campus bicycles.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com


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