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City Attorney loses appeal against sewer whistleblower in $5 million case

February 15, 2020

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez :sfexaminer – excerpt

A whistleblower prevailed against City Attorney Dennis Herrera in the California Court of Appeals Thursday, which upheld an earlier jury decision that awarded her $2.4 million in attorneys fees in 2017, in addition to $2.6 million in damages.

Joanne Hoeper, the whistleblower in question, was a chief trial deputy in the City Attorney’s Office who began digging into an alleged scheme to game sewer repair contacts with The City. Her investigation extended all the way into the City Attorney’s Office itself, which she alleged approved thousands of meritless claims, prompting a dispute between Hoeper and Herrera that ultimately led him to fire her in 2014… (more)

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