15 Dec 1997 Legal Brief: Plaintiffs Get Zero, Lawyers $49 Million… With More to Come?; 0-24 on the Field, 1-0 in Court; It’s Dinosaur Versus Chicken in Trademark Lawsuit; Shush!
Dugan and her lawyers convinced the all-woman jury that the team’s record was due to the amount of money allotted to the softball program, that she was paid less than male counterparts in the athletic department, and punished when she spoke out on perceived gender inequities. The jury awarded her $750,000 in compensatory damages, $329,485 in economic damages and $13,498 in settlement of the pay equity claim. The jury also awarded her $185,000 from the school’s former athletic director.
The University fought Dugan’s suit on the grounds that her performance was inadequate and noted that the two Oregon State search committees that declined to keep her in the job were made up mostly of women.
The cost of the $1.09 million payment will be borne by Oregon taxpayers.
Although they are also seeking $100,000 in damages for each time the Chicken has used a purple dinosaur costume, lawyers for Barney claim that their real motivation is concern for the welfare of children. The lawyers say that children won’t be able to distinguish the lookalike Barney from the “real” one.
Someone should tell these lawyers that Barney isn’t real
At least Rich and Jewel won’t have high legal fees: both are lawyers.