Court: King County Superior Court
Judge: Catherine Shaffer
Date of Settlement or Verdict:? November 30, 2017
Total Amount of Judgment or Settlement: $16,097,342 jury verdict.
High/Low Settlement: $8,000,000.
Jury verdicts:?Zachrisson – Economic Damages: $153,543. Non-Economic Damages: $7,046,700; Lincoln – Economic Damages: $251,030. Non-Economic Damages: $8,646,069.
Basic Facts and Claims: Whistleblower retaliation claim brought by two Seatac Airport employees who refused to extend restaurant leases violating FAA regulations under pressure from Port Commissioner. Employees reported Commissioner John Creighton for alleged ethics violations and reported perceived government misconduct. Plaintiffs established Port of Seattle relied on misconduct discovered by Commissioner Creighton
Expert Witnesses: Bob Patton
Attorneys for Plaintiffs:?
Beth Bloom, Frank Freed Subit & Thomas LLP
Liz Quick, Quick Law Group PLLC
Christie Fix, Frank Freed Subit & Thomas LLP
Additional Comments: Plaintiffs suffered anguish, loss of reputation, fear, embarrassment, mental suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.