HIGH SPRINGS – No agreement was reached in the case of Christian Popoli vs. City of High Springs after more than four hours of mediation on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. No details are available as mediation proceedings are confidential. The mediator, former Circuit Court Judge Frederick D. Smith, has filed his mediation report with the court.
Judge Toby S. Monaco previously scheduled a status conference for Tuesday, April 2, 2013, to discuss progress toward settlement as well as to set a discovery schedule.
Popoli’s lawsuit alleges wrongful termination of employment by the City of High Springs as a result of “blowing the whistle” on unlawful activities and failure to produce public records. Popoli’s attorney, Linda Rice Chapman, was hopeful prior to mediation saying, “I think everybody involved wants to find a resolution that is acceptable to both sides.”
After mediation Ms. Chapman noted “Mr. Popoli’s damages continue to accrue as he has not found employment. Any further delay in resolving this case will only result in more cost to the City and higher attorney fees.”
Despite not coming to an agreement at mediation, further settlement discussions are expected to continue. According to Chapman, both parties continue to express hope that the case will be resolved in the near future.
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