Last month, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association made its first court-ordered $500,000 deposit while it appeals a multimillion-dollar defamation case that it lost last year.
The payment is part of the cash-and-property collateral ordered last month by federal Judge Lawrence Karlton while the union appeals Dawe v. CUSA. While the union presses its case, it must make quarterly half-million-dollar payments into a court-controlled account. The money and four union-owned properties, including CCPOA's West Sacramento headquarters, are collateral securing the $5 million it currently owes businessman Brian Dawe and two other men after a federal jury decided the union had defamed them.
The jury originally awarded a total of $12 million to the plaintiffs. Karlton lowered that to $5 million. While the union is trying to get the decision overturned, Dawe is appealing to get the original award restored.
Click here for a Sept. 2 post with more background on the case and links to more court documents.