Nearly two months have passed since documents were filed in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri indicating that a settlement had been reached in attorney Marla Grothoff's civil rights lawsuits against Attorney General Jay Nixon and the case has not been closed.
Today, Judge William Knox filed a notice saying that if settlement papers are not received by 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, a telephone conference will be held 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan 22.
As noted in the Nov. 6 Turner Report, the settlement, the details of which have not been made available was arrived at that day following a session which was attended by Ms. Grothoff and her attorney Daniel Pingelton, and representing Nixon, Karen Mitchell, James McAdams and Gail Vasterling of the attorney general's office.
Ms. Grothoff served as an attorney for the Child Support Enforcement Division of the Division of Social Services from 1988 to 2003. When the decision was made to transfer the legal work for that division to the attorney general's office, most of the lawyers were transferred to the attorney general's office, according to Ms. Grothoff's petition, which was originally filed in Boone County Circuit Court, but not Ms. Grothoff.
In her lawsuit, Ms. Grothoff claimed she was discriminated against because she is a quadriplegic with limited use of her hands.
The attorney general denied Ms. Grothoff's claims.