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Date: 08-11-2000

Case Style: Daniel Horsford, Richard Snow & Steven King v. Board of Trustees of the California State University

Case Number: 600186-1

Judge: Donald S. Black

Court: Superior Court, Fresno County, California

Plaintiff's Attorney: Lawrence D. Murray, San Francisco, California; Dean B. Gordon, Fresno, California; and Mark D. Johnson, Sanger, California

Defendant's Attorney: Daniel K. Klingenberger of Littler Mendelson, Fresno, California; Olga Balderama of Littler Mendelson, Fresno, California; and Walter W. Whelan, Fresno, California

Description: Fresno County jurors today awarded three white police officers a total of 4.25 million dollars in a race discrimination and whistle blower case against California State University, Fresno. The jury found that California State University discriminated against former CSUF Detective Daniel Horsford, current Sergeant Richard Snow, and former Assistant Police Chief, Steven King in the terms and conditions of employment, including wrongful termination, in violation of their constitutional and statutory right to be free from race discrimination in the workplace. The award includes compensation for retaliation when plaintiffs blew the whistle on unlawful practices. The case, entitled Horsford, et al. vs. California State University at Fresno (Fresno County Superior Court Case No. 600186-1) was filed in Fresno County Superior Court more than two years ago, in November 1997. The four-month long trial began in mid-April, 2000, and the jury reached its verdict for plaintiffs this morning, after one and one-half days of deliberation. The case was heard before the Honorable Donald S. Black, Judge of the Fresno County Superior Court.

Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $4,250,000.00

Plaintiff's Experts: Jim Brinkerhoff, Visalia, California, Employment practices; Phillip Allman, San Francisco, California, Economist; and Gregory Cherney, PhD., Fresno, California, Psychologist

Defendant's Experts: None

Comments: Reported by Dean B. Gordon

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