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Allred and Filner lawyers agree to 30-day delay

Time made for settlement talks in McCormack Jackson case

Bob Filner
Bob Filner

Attorneys for the city who are representing former mayor Bob Filner have made an agreement with Gloria Allred to delay the discovery phase of the lawsuit against Filner to give time for settlement talks, says a recently filed case-management statement filed by Allred.

The two sides have signed off on a 30-day hold to try and agree to terms in the high-profile lawsuit filed by Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner's former communications director, in July 2013. McCormack Jackson was the first of many women to accuse Filner of inappropriate sexual advances, which included requests to see her naked, repeatedly asking her out on dates, and going in for unwarranted kisses.

Since filing the lawsuit, McCormack Jackson's lawyers have put the damages near $1.5 million, as first reported by the Reader on November 22, 2013.

And if the case-management statement is any indication, a settlement will likely set the city back a pretty penny. As part of an earlier agreement between Filner and the city attorney's office, the city will pay for legal costs, up to $90,000, as well as cover any settlement except for punitive damages.

The recent filing says that McCormack Jackson visited the emergency room twice as a result of the harassment. In addition, she allegedly visited her therapist 18 times and her doctor 3 times, resulting in more than $4000 in expenses. Then there is the issue of back-pay for her job at the city...

"While Filner was Mayor, he subjected the plaintiff, his subordinate, to various forms of verbal and physical sexual harassment. She has suffered severe emotional distress, resulting in disability. She is currently unable to work. Two ER visits. Medication for emotional and physical issues (confidential). Eighteen therapy sessions to date plus three doctor appointments. She is on unpaid leave from September 27, 2013. Salary is $125,000 per year, so loss of earnings to date is $55,000 and is ongoing."

If no settlement is reached in the next 30 days, the discovery phase will commence on March 14. Depositions will take place from May to September of this year.

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Attorneys for the city who are representing former mayor Bob Filner have made an agreement with Gloria Allred to delay the discovery phase of the lawsuit against Filner to give time for settlement talks, says a recently filed case-management statement filed by Allred.

The two sides have signed off on a 30-day hold to try and agree to terms in the high-profile lawsuit filed by Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner's former communications director, in July 2013. McCormack Jackson was the first of many women to accuse Filner of inappropriate sexual advances, which included requests to see her naked, repeatedly asking her out on dates, and going in for unwarranted kisses.

Since filing the lawsuit, McCormack Jackson's lawyers have put the damages near $1.5 million, as first reported by the Reader on November 22, 2013.

And if the case-management statement is any indication, a settlement will likely set the city back a pretty penny. As part of an earlier agreement between Filner and the city attorney's office, the city will pay for legal costs, up to $90,000, as well as cover any settlement except for punitive damages.

The recent filing says that McCormack Jackson visited the emergency room twice as a result of the harassment. In addition, she allegedly visited her therapist 18 times and her doctor 3 times, resulting in more than $4000 in expenses. Then there is the issue of back-pay for her job at the city...

"While Filner was Mayor, he subjected the plaintiff, his subordinate, to various forms of verbal and physical sexual harassment. She has suffered severe emotional distress, resulting in disability. She is currently unable to work. Two ER visits. Medication for emotional and physical issues (confidential). Eighteen therapy sessions to date plus three doctor appointments. She is on unpaid leave from September 27, 2013. Salary is $125,000 per year, so loss of earnings to date is $55,000 and is ongoing."

If no settlement is reached in the next 30 days, the discovery phase will commence on March 14. Depositions will take place from May to September of this year.

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Anyone think that sometime soon, if these judgments come down against Filner, that he will end up filing for bankruptcy protection?

Jan. 27, 2014

God, please settle and make this whole ugly chapter in San Diego's history go away already!

Jan. 27, 2014

Repost.

Another interesting connection is the 2009 Rotary Club 33 Newsletter which introduces Irene McCormack Jackson's husband who works for Bonnie Dumanis as Assistant District Attorney Gordon Davis.

http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/125398

Having a lawyer in the family was probably the reason McCormack Jackson waiting 6 months and 18 days from the inauguration on December 2, 2012 to June 20, 2013 before claiming sexual harassment in order to go after the deep pockets of the City of San Diego. If her claims were made before 6 months deadline, the City could have a potential out and less culpability because sexual harassment training is a requirement within the first 6 months, and did not happen. It would be interesting to find out who exactly cancelled the City's sexual harassment training for the Office of the Mayor which was scheduled, then changed.

Other outstanding questions: Is 57-year old McCormack Jackson on the Deferred Retirement Option Project (DROP) through SDCERS her previous employer the Port of San Diego or the City of San Diego which allows enrollment starting at age 55?

Is McCormack Jackson currently on disability from the City and collecting disability checks?

See Page 3.

http://clubweb.rotary33.org/pdf/newsletter230.pdf

"Irene McCormack, classification “Port District,” introduced herself to Club 33 today. Irene is Assistant Vice-president, Government Affairs & Communications for the San Diego Unified Port District. She has been with the Port for 5 years and before that she was a journalist for 25 years at the SD Union-Tribune. Her husband’s name is Gordon Davis and Irene enjoys working with glass beads and photography. Ben Clay, Steve Cushman and Nikki Clay are her sponsors."

Jan. 27, 2014

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