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A bit of Missouri legal news:

Warrensburg Schools settle sexual abuse lawsuit by female athletes, will pay them $809,000

Nov 11, 2010, 10:57 PM

WARRENSBURG, Mo. – The sexual abuse lawsuit filed by six Warrensburg High School female athletes has been settled out of court, with the school district’s insurer agreeing to pay the girls $809,000….

….The girls’ attorney, Ronnie Podolefsky, told Digitalburg Thursday that while the girls were happy about the settlement, “It was never about the money. We never requested money.” It was about ethics and civil rights, she said.

This settlement says “We should be listening to our children,” Podolefsky said, and “We can stand up for what’s right.”

While the school district did not acknowledge any admission of guilt, liability or wrongdoing, Podolefsky said “The number ($809,000) speaks for itself. The settlement agreement says “…this settlement is made solely for the purpose of avoiding the expense of further litigation…”

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$809,000.00 is a lot of money. It does speak for itself, don’t you think?

We first wrote about a part of this story:

Three steps behind, and to the right (January 25, 2008)

And last wrote about it:

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: a few small tokens of our esteem (May 16, 2010)

Interestingly, in addition to Ronnie Podolefsky, the plaintiffs also had Roxanne Conlin representing them. Yes, that Roxanne Conlin.