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File #: 1966-2015    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/9/2015 In control: Judiciary And Court Administration Committee
On agenda: 7/27/2015 Final action: 7/30/2015
Title: To authorize and direct the City Attorney to settle the lawsuit of Sandra Houston, et al. v. City of Columbus, et al., Case No. 14CV-09-9199, pending in the Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County, Ohio, by the payment of $75,000.00, and to declare an emergency.
Explanation
BACKGROUND: This Ordinance is to settle the lawsuit of Sandra Houston, et al. v. City of Columbus, et al., Case No. 14CV-09-9199, pending in the Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County, Ohio. On October 5, 2012, Columbus Police Officer Cody P. Rostorfer was operating a motor vehicle in the course and scope of his employment. The vehicle operated by Officer Rostorfer collided with a vehicle operated by Plaintiff Sandra Houston at the intersection of Troon Trail and Olentangy River Road. Plaintiff Sandra Houston was injured in the accident. She filed the above referenced lawsuit seeking payment for her medical and psychological counseling expenses and loss of earnings. She also is seeking damages for pain and suffering. Plaintiff Edward Houston seeks damages for his claim that he was deprived of the consortium of his wife. The Houston’s filed suit against the city and Officer Rostorfer on September 5, 2014.

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 Sandra Houston, et al. v. City of Columbus, et al., Case No. 14CV-09-9199, pending in the Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County, Ohio, by the payment of $75,000.00, and to declare an emergency.

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WHEREAS, Sandra H. and Edward T. Houston have filed a lawsuit against the City of Columbus and Columbus Police Officer Cody P. Rostorfer in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, Case No. 14CV-09-9199, arising out of a vehicle collision occurring on October 5, 2012;

WHEREAS, After investigation of the claims made therein, the City Attorney’s Office has reached a settlement that is acceptable to both parties and that is recommended by the City Attorney as being in the best interest of the City to resolve this matter, and;

WHEREAS, By reason of the foregoing, an emergency exists in the usual daily...

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