The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 1, 2011
CCPOA defamation lawsuit hearing postponed

100609 gavel.jpgA court hearing scheduled for this morning in the multimillion dollar defamation lawsuit against the California Correctional Peace Officers Association has been delayed until Aug. 29.

The attorney for businessman Brian Dawe, who successfully argued that CCPOA ruined his livelihood, asked the judge for more time to file a brief opposing the CCPOA's request to put up a handful of properties the union owns as security in the case.

Under the new mutually agreed to timeline, attorney Daniel Baxter has until Wednesday to file the opposition brief. CCPOA will have until Aug. 22 to reply.

The union said last month that it didn't have enough cash to acquire a bond to cover an amount 125 percent above the $5 million award Dawe is due, pending appeal.

A jury original awarded Dawe $12.5 million, but Judge Lawrence Karlton, who heard Dawe v. Corrections USA, CCPOA, et al., lowered the award to about $5 million. While CCPOA and Corrections USA appeal the overall decision, Dawe is appealing the judge's lowering of the award.

The properties CCPOA has asked the court to accept as security include its headquarters, two homes in Natomas and land in Rancho Cucamonga.

The five-year-old case stems from when CCPOA ousted Dawe from the board of directors of Corrections USA. Dawe claimed the firing was unjust, and that CCPOA officials discredited him without merit. As a result, he said he was unable to earn a living and damaged his company, Flat Iron Mountain Associates.

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