$155 Million Verdict Struck Down in Aventura School Lawsuit: Report

Thursday, Nov 8, 2012  |  Updated 11:50 AM EDT
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A judge on Wednesday struck down a jury’s $155 million award to an ousted Aventura principal.

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A Miami-Dade County circuit judge on Wednesday struck down a jury’s $155 million award to an ousted principal of an Aventura charter school.

The judgment from Judge Rosa Rodriguez favored Aventura’s city manager, Charter Schools USA and one of its employees and went against Katherine Murphy, who in a lawsuit alleged she was fired without cause in 2006 from Aventura City of Excellence School, the Miami Herald reports.

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The judge’s ruling set aside a jury’s findings from last week. The jury had issued the multimillion-dollar award and decided that City Manager Eric Soroka and the school’s registrar, a Charter Schools USA employee, had conspired to ruin Murphy’s reputation, the newspaper said.

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In 2003, Murphy helped found the  school, which is funded with tax dollars but operated by the city of Aventura and Charter Schools USA.

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