Lawsuit over Johnson County DA Office Firings Resolved

By: AP
By: AP

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ The Johnson County District Attorney's Office says a lawsuit by seven former attorneys and an investigator will be dismissed.

Brian Burgess, spokesman for District Attorney Phill Kline, said Monday that the workers and DA's office have reached an agreement in the case. He said Kline's office has agreed not to file its own lawsuit in exchange for the workers dismissing their suit.

``We could have brought legal action that it was a frivolous lawsuit and then sought damages,'' Burgess said.

The workers claimed that Kline had no right to fire them or refuse to participate in a county grievance hearing over their removal. They were terminated by Kline when he took office in January 2007, replacing Paul Morrison.

In their lawsuit, the fired workers asked to be reinstated initially, given back pay and awarded punitive damages.

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