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File #: 2921-2019    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/1/2019 In control: Criminal Justice & Judiciary Committee
On agenda: 11/18/2019 Final action: 11/20/2019
Title: To authorize the City Attorney to settle the claim of Ramon Clifford; to authorize the expenditure of $32,500.00 within the General Fund for payment of the settlement; and to declare an emergency.
Explanation

BACKGROUND:

This ordinance is submitted to settle the claim of Ramon Clifford against the City of Columbus in the amount of $32,500.00. On October 21, 2015, Ramon Clifford was injured as a result of a collision between the automobile in which he was a passenger and a cruiser driven by Columbus Police Officer Mark Younger. The collision occurred on East Livingston Avenue near its intersection with South Ohio Avenue in Columbus, Ohio when Officer Younger rear ended an automobile in which Ramon Clifford was a passenger. Plaintiff Ramon Clifford claimed injuries to his neck and back.

This claim was initially brought as a lawsuit known as Ramon Clifford, et al. v. City of Columbus, et al., Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 17CV9358. This lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed without prejudice by the plaintiff on February 18, 2019, which case is subject to re-filing by the plaintiff in the event this claim is not resolved.


FISCAL IMPACT:

Funds were not specifically budgeted for this settlement; however, sufficient monies are available in the General Fund to pay this settlement.


EMERGENCY DESIGNATION:

Emergency legislation is necessary to ensure settlement is paid in a timely manner.


Title

To authorize the City Attorney to settle the claim of Ramon Clifford; to authorize the expenditure of $32,500.00 within the General Fund for payment of the settlement; and to declare an emergency.


Body

WHEREAS, on October 18, 2017, Ramon Clifford filed a lawsuit in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 17CV9358, against the City of Columbus in which he claimed Columbus Police Officer Mark Younger’s negligence caused the collision resulting in personal injuries; and

WHEREAS, this lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed without prejudice by the plaintiff on February 18, 2019, which case is subject to re-filing by the plaintiff in the event this claim is not resolved; and

WHEREAS, following investigation and evaluation of plaintiff’s ...

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