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File #: 0432-2017    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/13/2017 In control: Judiciary And Court Administration Committee
On agenda: 3/13/2017 Final action: 3/16/2017
Title: To authorize and direct the City Attorney to settle the lawsuit known as Robert Scott Vigh v. City of Columbus, et al. pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division; to authorize the expenditure of the sum of $50,000.00 in settlement of this lawsuit; and to declare an emergency. ($50,000.00)
Explanation
This Ordinance is submitted to settle the lawsuit known as Robert Scott Vigh v. City of Columbus, et al., Case No. 2:15-cv-2767 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, in the amount of Fifty Thousand Dollars and Zero Cents ($50,000.00). Robert Scott Vigh’s claims arise out of his arrest, and subsequent incarceration for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, which occurred on August 31st, 2014. In his lawsuit, Mr. Vigh claimed he was arrested without probable cause, and that excessive force was used to arrest him in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Mr. Vigh also claimed that as a result of these actions he was subjected to the intentional infliction of emotional distress. The federal court submitted this case to mediation, where the parties reached a tentative settlement due to the disputes of fact about the manner in which this incident occurred and the uncertainty of the outcome at trial.

This ordinance authorizes an expenditure of $50,000.00 from an existing ACPO001159 from Ordinance 3109-2015 for this purpose.

Emergency action is requested for this ordinance to be effective immediately in order for the parties to effectuate the settlement of this lawsuit, which is in the best interest of the City, and to pay the agreed to sum without delay.

Title
To authorize and direct the City Attorney to settle the lawsuit known as Robert Scott Vigh v. City of Columbus, et al. pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division; to authorize the expenditure of the sum of $50,000.00 in settlement of this lawsuit; and to declare an emergency. ($50,000.00)

Body
WHEREAS, on August 28, 2015, a lawsuit was filed by the Robert Scott Vigh in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, Case No. 2:15-cv-2767, against the City of Columbus, Officer Samuel Chappell, Officer Bryan J. Brumfield and Chief Kim Jacobs in which he cl...

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