Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Vivas Case Settled for $5.2 M

Fresno State has opted to settle with former coach Lindy Vivas rather than continue to appeal the the trial court's decision in her favor. Last year, Vivas won a $5.85 million jury verdict in the Title IX retaliation suit she filed after she was fired for advocating gender equity within the athletic department. A trial judge reduced it to $4.52 million, attorneys fees and court costs raised the total to over $5.6 million. Monday's settlement compensates Vivas and her lawyers through annuitized payments. Vivas's $2.1 million share will be paid out in $5,995 monthly installments for 30 years. Each of her two attorneys will receive $7040 a month for 20 years.

This is the last pending Title IX lawsuit against Fresno State. The others, along with their total settlements costs, are listed here.