Attorneys for the Garfield County School District and former Superintendent Jerold Judd have apparently reached an out-of-court settlement in Judd's lawsuit against the district.
A hearing set to begin Wednesday in 6th District Court was canceled, and several witnesses scheduled to appear before the Utah Professional Practice Commission's executive committee said they were told Tuesday that an agreement had been reached.Hans Chamberlain, an attorney representing Judd, confirmed a settlement had been reached but could not comment further. Judd was unavailable at his Arizona home.
The case began in May when three of the five-member school board voted to suspend Judd just six weeks before his contract expired. No reason for the suspension was given.
Judd filed a complaint contending the board acted with only a 60 percent majority instead of the required two-thirds. He also alleged malicious intent to disgrace and humiliate him. He sought to be reinstated and asked for $100,000 in damages.
The judge in the case ruled that the board had terminated Judd without cause and ordered him reinstated.
Judd continued with his malice lawsuit. Earlier this month, The judge disqualifed Garfield County School District attorneys because of the possibility of a conflict of interest.