Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Hearing set to check status of lawsuit against Attorney General Nixon

The status of a civil rights lawsuit against Attorney General Jay Nixon will be assessed during a 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 3, telephone conference, according to a document filed today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Three months have passed since court documents were filed indicating that a settlement had been reached in attorney Marla Grothoff's action against Nixon A telephone conference was held today.

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.

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