- Associated Press - Friday, September 23, 2016

AMES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court is reducing a judge’s $368,000 award of legal fees to an Iowa State University whistleblower who was viciously mistreated by his superiors.

The court said Friday that Dennis Smith isn’t entitled to the full award because his case was only partially successful.

The court sent the case back to a trial judge to recalculate the award.

A court awarded Smith nearly $1.3 million in damages after hearing how he was unfairly branded a workplace threat by his boss after he reported her for financial wrongdoing. Those damages were cut in half after an earlier Iowa Supreme Court ruling overturned most of his whistleblower award.

Justices say the judge should reduce the fee award for time Smith’s attorney spent on matters clearly unrelated to the whistleblower claim.

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