After checking the Kansas City Star, Associated Press and Missourinet account of the settlement, I can't find any mention of what appears to be the most important part of the settlement...if the Missouri Department of Agriculture is paying this money, that means the money is not coming from Ferrell, it is coming from you and me. Only one Missouri taxpayer, Fred Ferrell, sexually harassed former employee Heather Elder. The rest of us had nothing to do with it. We hear all of the time how public officials cannot be sued due to sovereign immunity, why did that not apply to this case?
Though the Star did not address that issue, it did provide a possible explanation for the decision by the Blunt administration to stick us with the bill:
The settlement means the lawsuit will not go to trial, which could have required depositions of Gov. Matt Blunt and other officials involved in the case.