OC Supervisors Settle Lawsuit Involving County Building

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August 10, 2016

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Supervisors Settle Lawsuit Involving County Building

The Orange County Board of Supervisors has settled a lawsuit alleging unsafe conditions at a Social Services Agency building in Orange.

Details of the settlement are pending court approval and not available for release.

The County opted to settle the lawsuit, filed in 2010, because of uncertainties with the outcome of a jury trial and the impact of a state law that allows any party found to be just 1% at fault to pay an entire economic damage award.

The County initially leased and began occupying the building at 840 N. Eckhoff Street in 1993. In 2009, the building was purchased after an independent site assessment found no environmental concerns and confirmed that the building was safe for business operations.

Extensive testing of the soil and air in and around the Eckhoff facility was conducted over the past five years. The tests concluded that the building is safe and could be occupied by employees for regular use without restrictions.

The County is committed to ensuring that all of its facilities remain safe for employees and the public. Employees have been informed of the settlement decision and encouraged to share any concerns with management. The County will conduct air-quality assessments as needed of the Eckhoff building going forward and share the results with employees.

The lawsuit is Gavin Kirk, et al v. County of Orange, et al., Orange County Superior Court Case No. 30-2010-00423097 and related cases 30-2013-00629446.

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  • octaxpayer

    It would be interesting to get all the cost that TAX $$$ had to pay to get to this point. Meaning all the County resources, lawyers cost and hours spent on collecting discovery items, etc.. It must be in the $200k+ range.

  • OCservant_Leader

    It should be noted this site is in an industrial area for oil drilling manufacturing. These sites were never intended for human occupancy. Ever. Except public servants.

    Isn’t this another building scam where OC Public Work’s Managers formed a company that bought up condemned/toxic sites then managed the sale/lease back to the County? They approved their own invoices and made Millions?

    Unsuspecting employees and taxpayers are victims of their greed but no one is arrested? Why?

    This site was used for county-wide mandatory sexual harassment training so all County employees need to be compensated!