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Settlement Reached in Coughlin/Bouris Case

See how much the plaintiffs are getting.

The Town of Arlington and Arlington Public Schools announced Tuesday afternoon that a settlement has been reached in the 2010 lawsuit brought by Charles Coughlin and Stavroula Bouris.

In the federal lawsuit, Coughlin, a former technology teacher at Ottoson Middle School, and Bouris, the school’s former principal, alleged that they were wrongfully dismissed in 2007 by then-superintendent Nathan Levenson on suspicion that they were having an affair. They have denied having the alleged affair.

The case was currently being heard in U.S. District Court.

The judgment was in favor of all Arlington defendants, according to a joint release Tuesday from the town and school district.

The plaintiffs, Coughlin and Bouris, will receive a settlement payment of $250,000, a fraction of the $7 million they sought and “less than the amount the defendants’ lawyers … estimated would [have been] required to defend [the] case moving forward to a final resolution,” according to the release.

More background on the case from a 2010 Boston Globe report >>

The joint release, from Arlington Superintendent Kathleen Bodie and Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine:

"The Town of Arlington/Arlington Public School System is pleased to report that as a result of a negotiated settlement the ongoing lawsuit brought by Charles Coughlin and Stavroula Bouris has been concluded with Judgment entering in favor of all Arlington Defendants.

A settlement payment in the amount of $250,000 will be delivered to the plaintiffs. This payment is a fraction of the $7 million sought by the plaintiffs and less than the amount the defendants’ lawyers have estimated would be required to defend this case moving forward to a final resolution.

More importantly, this settlement avoids what would likely have been years of appeals regardless of the outcome of the trial and resolves not only this lawsuit but all ongoing litigation involving Mr. Coughlin and Ms. Bouris. As a result, the Town and all parties involved will be able to move forward."

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Hokey Wolf December 10, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Hokey James Wolf is wondering when is the Blogger going to get SUED? BREAKING NEWS Baghdad Bob gets sued....
Wind Dummy 25 December 10, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Ahh yes indeed...The good old days.
Bob Sprague December 11, 2013 at 02:16 PM
You keep bringing this up, "Hokey," but no suit has been filed. If one were, what would be the basis of the complaint? When you say what you think the basis is, please add on what basis a client might win such a case. People can file lawsuits for many reasons but have little chance of winning.
Hokey Wolf December 11, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Baghdad Bob, You are getting sued for printing and publishing private email. Its call invasion of privacy nit wit. See Being JEFFY"S Lapdog isn't going to workout for you too well. I bet he will let your peanuts get hung out to dry. The plaintiffs will win because your a Nit Wit and published emails from someone's private email account with out their permission . MERRY CHRISTMAS BLOGGER
Bob Sprague December 11, 2013 at 05:01 PM
I know of no such lawsuit. Who is bringing the case? Can you tell me without name-calling? The basis on which you allege a suit is filed did not work out that well for the plaintiffs in the case just decided, did it?
Hokey Wolf December 12, 2013 at 07:35 AM
Sprague, your lucky its just a lawsuit. Because if you ever printed up emails from my private email account. I am sure your blog would be shut down on a permanent bases. Get the drift? Look the school beat that because it was on their servers, any meathead knows that its their property. But it wasn't yours to print.
Bob Sprague December 12, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Do you think the other media outlets, including The Advocate, that printed allegedly private emails should also be sued?
Hokey Wolf December 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Sprague, I am not talking about the Advocate, I think the Advocate is worse than your Blog when it comes to BIAS reporting. The only thing with them is they don't kiss Town officials Butts Like YOU DO. If they did the same thing as you did Sure Sue them too. Sprague if you want to play like a big boy take your lumps like a big boy. You printed someone's private emails take the punishment ....
Bob Sprague December 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Can you prove to a jury the emails I published were private? Please let me know how you would do that.
Hokey Wolf December 12, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Sprague does this look familiar?" On about June 6, 2007, Levenson acting alone or with Buck and/or others, accessed and printed emails between Coughlin and Bouris that contained a private email user name and password. This information was subsequently used to access Bouris's private email account." Its should you" ciuccio ". It doesn't take a Mensa Rocket Scientist to figure out who the "others" are. Blogger Keep playing "Mickey the Dunce" someone is going to sell you down the river when their Butt is on the line . Hey Here is a phone number I hear might come in handy for you (617) 247-0220 Merry Christmas " Ciuccio "
Bob Sprague December 12, 2013 at 01:27 PM
This is a claim made by the plaintiffs' attorneys. How far did that get in the trial just ended? In any event, I was not aware of this claim at the time of publication, and I am still not aware that any email I published was private. Further, you have not shown how you would prove that.
Hokey Wolf December 12, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Blogger , (617) 247-0220 Merry Christmas " Ciuccio "
Bob Sprague December 12, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Happy sanity to you. See http://www.yourarlington.com/home/news/trans/376-court1/6243-settle-121213
Hokey Wolf December 12, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Sprague, How many times do I have to tell you I do not read your blog nor will I ever care to . As a matter of fact if it were in print form it wouldn't be worthy of wiping my you know what. I don't care to read false and bias blogs again Merry Christmas " Ciuccio "
Hokey Wolf December 12, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Ok Sprague " Ciuccio " might be to difficult for you so how about " Esel " or " болван " or "γάιδαρος, βλάκας, ζώο, χαϊβάνι " or you might understand this one " 公驴; 愚蠢的人 "

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