Attorney General Chris Koster's office announced today that the state will pay $500,000 to Scott Eckersley.
Eckersley, a former deputy counsel for Blunt, had filed a wrongful termination and defamation lawsuit against former members of the Republican governor's administration. While Koster's office said in a press release that the parties involved strongly clung to their positions, they decided to settle in order to forestall more cost to the state.
A press release from Koster's office included this joint statement on behalf of Rich AuBuchon, Rich Chrismer, Henry Herschel, Ed Martin, Blunt, and Eckersley:
"The lawsuit in this case was filed following the termination of Scott Eckersley's employment by the Office of the Governor, State of Missouri. Based on the claims and defenses asserted by both plaintiff and defendants, all of the parties strongly believe in the merits of their positions. However, for various reasons including the cost of continuing to litigate this matter through trial, all of the undersigned parties to the Release agree that settling the case for the amount of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000.00) on behalf of the defendants and the State Legal Expense Fund, in exchange for full and complete release of all claims asserted, is in the best interests of the taxpayers of the State of Missouri."