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‘Hollywood fighting $1.2 million

liability award in public works

truck crash

Injured man only wanted $85,000 at first’

‘a confidential memo conceding responsibility sent by former City Attorney Dan Abbott to city commissioners on the morning of the trial.

“[Hollywood’s] primary responsibility in causing the accident is largely beyond dispute,” Abbott wrote in a memo on June 4, 2006. “This is a serious case of liability and Mr. [Miller’s] damages are substantial. A substantial judgment against the city is expected.”‘

‘Abbott no longer works for the city, but at the time told commissioners it was worth the gamble because of the state’s $100,000 cap on municipal awards.

At the time, Hollywood estimated Miller’s total current and future medical expenses were worth about $175,000 to $200,000, new City Attorney Jeffrey Sheffel said. Sheffel said Friday the city believed Miller deserved some blame for the accident.

“Hindsight is 20-20, but Dan believed that since $85,000 was the offer, the incentive to settle was very small,” said Sheffel, who was not working for the city and had no part in the decision.’

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/community/news/hollywood/sfl-flblegalwoes1122sbnov22,0,5591579.story

PREVIOUS BCBTS-POSTS…LBTS TOWN ATTORNEY DAN ABBOTT…

CHECK OUT…THE MONTH ARCHIVES…TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS POST….

March 31,2008…’BIG DISTURBING DISAPPOINTMENT’

March 31,2008…”THEY ARE IN “DAY TO DAY” BASIS’

APRIL 28,2008…’HERE’S THE SCOOP’

April 29,2008…’UPDATE’

April 30,2008…’UPDATE’

August,20,2008….’UPDATE… BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT’

November 20,2008…’UPDATE…POST ONLINE …AND THOU SHALL RECEIVE AN ANSWER’

Readers may recall…from previous posts…The position of LBTS Town Attorney…. was the beginning of the problem this writer has with the Town Manager and her hiring practices…

New Commissioners Dodd and Clottey wanted a second RFP to go out…after the single respondent law firm …personally chosen by Madam Manager was revealed…Ms. Colon dug her heels in…asserting it would be for naught and she wanted to get on with it…due to the 2009 budget being upon them…Newly elected Vice Mayor McIntee and his pal Commissioner Silverstone…played “good cops”…and stood behind the Manager…which was also the beginning of an all to familiar disturbing pattern…seen with these three often throughout the last 10 months!…

Although Mr Abbott may be a nice guy…many of his legal assertions….lack of response from the dais…along with his recent non-action of discontinuing the improper Greenfest “interrogation” by McIntee of the Mayor…and his version of the new VFD contract………leave this writer shaking her head…and questioning the validity…big time…

Note to Commissioners…in this writer’s humble opinion….you may want to get a second opinion….

more to come….

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