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Dulin discrimination award against Hospital Board upheld by 5th Circuit

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 1:08 pm News Flash Archive

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this morning upheld the lower court jury verdict which had found that the Greenwood Leflore Hospital Board of Trustees fired long-time attorney George Dulin for racially discriminatory reasons.

Dulin is white. Local county supervisor Robert Moore, State Senator David Jordan, and State Representative Willie Perkins had all participated in meetings where the Hospital Board trustees were urged to fire Dulin because he is white. According to the jury's determination, that's exactly what they did.

Dulin sued, and the jury ruled in his favor against the Hospital Board.

The appeal decision completely affirms Dulin's claims and dismisses all the arguments raised by the Hospital Board on appeal. See here for the court decision: 5th Circuit Court Opinion Upholding Dulin Verdict

The jury had awarded Dulin $82,000 in damages, plus attorney fees. Dulin is entitled to recover his attorney fees because, under the federal law invoked, he prevailed in court against the Hospital.

Dulin's documented legal costs as of December 2012 were around $100,000. See this pdf for the legal bill submitted to the court by Dulin's lawyers: Attorney Fees Exhibit

Typically in these cases, the legal costs exceed the actual damages.

For complete coverage of these and other hospital milestones, please go here: Taxpayers Channel coverage of Greenwood Leflore Hospital's downfall.

John Pittman Hey
The Taxpayers Channel

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