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Lee County loses $1.2 million lawsuit

Posted at 4:39 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 22:36:47-04

Lee County Thursday lost a federal lawsuit filed by three former employees who claimed they were wrongfully terminated for blowing the whistle on the county's Economic Development Office over the way it handled a grant for VR Labs.

VR Labs never made good on the promise to turn the county's $5 million dollar investment into more than 200 local jobs.

The $1.2 million dollar verdict against Lee County is a victory for former staffers Eileen Schuman, John Brock and Susan Noe.

In a statement released Thursday, County Attorney Richard Wesch said Lee County would evaluate all options including a possible appeal.

"While we certainly respect the jury process, the County respectfully disagrees with the jury's verdict.  The County had legitimate, lawful business reasons for its decisions involving these plaintiffs."