By James Clark | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – One of the lawsuits back & forth between businessman Ted Parker and City Hall is over, maybe. Parker's attorney dropped his companies' lawsuit against the City Manager and two other city employees. A judge in Dallas agreed in late May. But just a few days ago attorneys for the city's employees filed a demand to take depositions. City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld, Assistant City Manager Scott Snider and Risk Management Director Leisa Hutcheson have filed counter claims against Parker's company for malicious prosecution, infliction of emotional distress, and other claims.
Their attorneys are paid for with tax money, and it's roughly $2 million. Two of the questions KCBD Newschannel 11 asked are these: Will the city continue to pay for those lawyers? And if the city employees win any money on the counterclaim does that money go to them individually or to the city?
KCBD NewsChannel 11 has learned from one source that the city employees are not 100% sure if they want to pursue the counter-claims any further.
From 2004 to 2006 Parker's company was the city's health insurance administrator. Under former Mayor David Miller the city accused Parker of mismanaging millions of dollars of city money. Parker denied it. Both sides sued each other in the months that followed.
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