School system wins lawsuit, but pays legal fees

The Warren County School System won the lawsuit against him involving a male child, but still has to pay an undisclosed amount in court costs.

Very few details have been released about the lawsuit that hit the school system earlier this year. The few details given were that it was a male child and a token settlement offer. The school board rejected the settlement offer in January.

The County Budget and Finance Committee and Financial Management Committee briefly discussed the lawsuit during their meetings Thursday evening due to the need to approve money from legal services.

Commissioner Scott Rubley said: “It comes from legal services. I talked to Justin Cotten about it today and apparently we had to defend ourselves in a lawsuit, which we won, but it was the legal fees. The legal costs incurred in this trial, so it’s something we really have no choice over. It comes from the budget of the school system.

“Some of these fees are court costs and court reporter fees, so this is not a settlement of any kind. It is only a cost incurred for the defense,” said the director of the finance department, Justin Cotton.

Some of the commissioners did not know why they had to pay if they won the case.

“Usually when you win, doesn’t the other side have to get it back?” Isn’t that a thing? asked curator Christy Ross.

“Not in this situation,” Cotten replied.

The amount of money paid by legal services was not disclosed.

Both committees voted in favor of using the money to pay legal fees. County Executive Jimmy Haley didn’t say much about the matter and said they couldn’t discuss it.

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