Costa Mesa City Councilmember Jim Righeimer and Former City Councilmember Steve Mensinger Reach $607,500 Settlement in Police Union Misconduct Case

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COSTA MESA CITY COUNCILMEMBER JIM RIGHEIMER AND FORMER COSTA MESA CITY COUNCILMEMBER STEVE MENSINGER REACH $607,500 SETTLEMENT IN POLICE UNION MISCONDUCT CASE

Irvine, California- After 5 years of litigation, former Costa Mesa Mayor Steve Mensinger, current Costa Mesa Councilman Jim Righeimer and his wife, Lene Righeimer announce the settlement of their civil case filed in August 2013 against the Costa Mesa Police Officer Association and the law firm it hired to illegally track Mensinger using a GPS device, falsely accuse Jim Righeimer of driving under the influence, and assault Lene Righeimer. The settlement requires payment by the law firm that represented the Costa Mesa Police Association, Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir, in the amount of $500,000.00, on behalf of itself, and $100,000.00 on behalf of the Costa Mesa Police Officers Association, and payment by the Costa Mesa Police Officer Association “CMPOA” in the amount of $7,500.00. After winning an appeal, as well as multiple trial court rulings that the illegal conduct of the CMPA and their law firm were not “protected speech,” exposing the truth about the illegal conduct of these entities and assisting to secure criminal convictions and disclosures in the criminal case, and receiving compensation for their injuries and to punish these entities, Mensinger and the Righeimers have made the decision to end this litigation and unfortunate saga so that they, the City of Costa Mesa, and its citizens, can focus on improving the lives of Costa Mesa’s residents.

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