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Ex-Prosecutor Wins Award in Wrongful Termination Suit

On January 25, 2010, an ex-deputy prosecuting attorney for Pierce County, Washington, Barbara Corey, won her appeal and was awarded in excess of $2 million in a lawsuit she filed against the County following her forced resignation. Ms. Corey’s complaint accused the County of wrongful termination, defamation, false light, outrage and negligent dissemination of unsubstantiated information. Following a three-week trial, a jury found the County guilty on all counts.

On appeal, the court agreed with the County’s assertion that Corey had no cause of action for her negligence claim. Even so, that ruling had no affect on the verdict or the award she received at trial. Furthermore, the appellate court upheld the district court ruling denying Corey attorney fees for the trial due to the untimeliness of her filing. She was, however, granted attorney fees for her appeal. See: Corey v. Pierce County, et al., Wash. App., Div. I, #62505-5-I; 62801-1- I.

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Corey v. Pierce County