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File #: 0520-2011    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 3/22/2011 In control: Public Safety & Judiciary Committee
On agenda: 4/25/2011 Final action: 4/27/2011
Title: To authorize and direct the City Attorney to settle the lawsuit of James D. Hough v. City of Columbus, et al., pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, by the payment of Thirty-three Thousand Five Hundred Dollars; and to declare an emergency. ($33,500.00)
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting Details
4/27/20111 MAYOR Signed  Action details Meeting details
4/27/20111 CITY CLERK Attest  Action details Meeting details
4/25/20111 Columbus City Council ApprovedPass Action details Meeting details
4/25/20111 COUNCIL PRESIDENT Signed  Action details Meeting details
4/8/20111 Atty Drafter Sent to Clerk's Office for Council  Action details Meeting details
4/6/20111 CITY ATTORNEY Reviewed and Approved  Action details Meeting details
4/5/20111 Atty Drafter Sent for Approval  Action details Meeting details
4/1/20111 Atty Drafter Sent for Approval  Action details Meeting details
4/1/20111 CITY AUDITOR Reviewed and Approved  Action details Meeting details
4/1/20111 CITY AUDITOR Reviewed and Approved  Action details Meeting details
3/31/20111 Finance Reviewer Reviewed and Approved  Action details Meeting details
3/31/20111 FINANCE DIRECTOR Reviewed and Approved  Action details Meeting details
3/30/20111 Finance Reviewer Reviewed and Approved  Action details Meeting details
3/30/20111 Finance Reviewer Reviewed and Approved  Action details Meeting details
3/29/20111 Safety Reviewer Reviewed and Approved  Action details Meeting details
3/29/20111 SAFETY DIRECTOR Reviewed and Approved  Action details Meeting details
3/28/20111 Safety Reviewer Reviewed and Approved  Action details Meeting details
3/28/20111 Safety Reviewer Reviewed and Approved  Action details Meeting details
3/22/20111 Atty Drafter Sent for Approval  Action details Meeting details
Explanation
BACKGROUND: This Ordinance is submitted to settle the lawsuit of James D. Hough v. City of Columbus, et al., Case No. 2:10-cv-0073, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. On June 27, 2008, a fight broke out amongst the patrons of the Friendly Grill, owned by James D. Hough. CPD Officers Bruce and Reffitt were called to the scene. Mr. Hough encountered the officers outside the bar and stated that the fight was over. The officers advised that it was necessary to investigate the scene, however Mr. Hough blocked the entrance into the bar and Mr. Hough and Officer Bruce became embroiled in a physical altercation. Mr. Hough was struck and ultimately tasered. Mr. Hough received physical injuries to his head and face as a result of this incident, for which he received medical treatment. Mr. Hough was charged with obstruction of official business and assault on a police officer. Mr. Hough was found not guilty of the assault on the police officer and the charge of interfering with official business was ultimately dismissed. Mr. Hough filed a suit in the United States Federal District Court Case No. 2:10-cv-0073, alleging that he had incurred medical bills, lost wages, and attorney fees. The City Attorney conducted an investigation and evaluated Mr. Hough's claims, and the parties were able to reach a settlement in the total amount of Thirty-three Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($33,500.00) to resolve all claims, including attorney's fees.



FISCAL IMPACT: Funds were not specifically budgeted for this settlement; however, sufficient monies are available in the appropriate account to pay the amount of these claims.

Title

To authorize and direct the City Attorney to settle the lawsuit of James D. Hough v. City of Columbus, et al., pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, by the payment of Thirty-three Thousand Five Hundred Dollars; and to declare an emergency. ($33,500.00)
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