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State pays $ 2.7 million to settle lawsuit of board whistleblower

On July 18, California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill authorizing payment of  $2.7 million to settle the lawsuit of former chirorpractic board office assistant Carole Arbuckle. 
The suit stems from incidents occurring more than 11 years ago. Arbuckle filed suit in 2003 claiming she was demoted and pushed from her job for reporting that a former board member’s license had lapsed. A Sacramento County jury found in 2010 that Arbuckle’s boss had acted with malice, and awarded Arbuckle $1.2 million in economic and non-economic damages plus $7,500 in punitive damages. The state must pay another $900,000 in the case for attorney fees, costs, and interest.
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