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File #: 0356-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 1/30/2020 In control: Criminal Justice & Judiciary Committee
On agenda: 2/24/2020 Final action: 2/27/2020
Title: To authorize and direct the City Attorney to settle the lawsuit captioned Carla Hoover, et al. v. Steven G. Rosser, et al., United States District Court Case No. 2:19-cv-01453; to authorize the transfer of $185,000.00 between divisions within the general fund; to authorize the expenditure of the sum of $185,000.00 in settlement of the lawsuit; and to declare an emergency ($185,000.00).
Attachments: 1. Ordinance 0356-2020 DAX coding
Explanation

Background:

This Ordinance is submitted to settle the lawsuit captioned Carla Hoover, et al. v. Steven G. Rosser, et al., United States District Court Case No. 2:19-cv-01453, in the amount of One Hundred Eighty Five Thousand Dollars ($185,000.00). This amount will be made payable to Cooper & Elliott, LLC IOLTA, in six separate checks, for the following six Plaintiffs: $35,000 for Carla Hoover, $30,000 for Emily Haudenschield, $30,000 for Brittany Yates, $30,000 for Danielle Calderon, $30,000 for Ashley Graves, and $30,000 for Chelsea Paige Ewart.

Plaintiffs Carla Hoover, Emily Haudenschield, Brittany Yates, Danielle Calderon, Ashley Graves, and Chelsea Paige Ewart were criminally charged by either former Columbus Police Vice Officer Steven Rosser or former Columbus Police Vice Officer Whitney Lancaster with violating O.R.C. § 2907.40(C)(2) “illegal oriented activity in sexually oriented businesses.” Plaintiffs allege that Rosser and Lancaster falsely swore out the criminal complaints against them. Plaintiffs allege that they were charged without probable cause in violation of their Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights and the City’s policies and practices were the moving force behind their arrests.

Fiscal Impact:

Funds were not specifically budgeted for this settlement; however, sufficient monies are available within the 2020 general fund budget to pay the amount of this claim. This ordinance is contingent upon passage of the 2020 General Fund Budget.

Title

To authorize and direct the City Attorney to settle the lawsuit captioned Carla Hoover, et al. v. Steven G. Rosser, et al., United States District Court Case No. 2:19-cv-01453; to authorize the transfer of $185,000.00 between divisions within the general fund; to authorize the expenditure of the sum of $185,000.00 in settlement of the lawsuit; and to declare an emergency ($185,000.00).

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WHEREAS, Carla Hoover, Emily Haudenschield, Brittany Yates, Danielle Calderon, Ashley Grav...

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