United States Magistrate Judge Larry M. Boyle has issued his Memorandum Decision and Order in Dixon v. City of Coeur d’Alene. The Judge’s decision reduced the total amount the City must pay from $3,763,541 to $3,238,899.
According to the press release from Dixon’s attorney Larry Beck:
The Dixon’s are extremely pleased and relieved that one of the most highly respected federal judges has upheld approximately 90% of the jury award issued by a North Idaho jury in this case. This is the largest employment law verdict in Idaho and one of the largest jury verdicts ever issued in North Idaho.
The Dixons feel that it would be futile for the City to try to overturn this very well reasoned decision from Judge Boyle. Any further appeal
by the City would simply be a waste of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in the form of additional attorney’s fees, costs and interest.
Judge Boyle stated in his learned decision that:
“There is substantial evidence in the record to support the jury’s finding that Dixon’s termination was “arbitrary”.”
“Evidence of Dixon’s alleged constructive discharge was sufficient to support the jury’s verdict that Dixon was constructively discharged.”
“Moreover, substantial evidence was presented to the jury to support its verdict that the City was deliberately indifferent to Plaintiff’s constitutional rights to due process…”