An assignment of a judge is sought for a lawsuit involving Texas County government and the county's 17 townships.

A woman was ordered to pay her former employer – Texas County – about $6,289 for expenses related to a lawsuit she filed against it, a federal judge ruled last week.

While dismissing a portion of the county’s claim, Judge Richard E. Dorr made the ruling July 18 in U.S. Federal Court in Springfield against Monica Daniel Hutchison. The county had sought $8,870.

Texas County and Texas County Prosecutor Michael Anderson were named in Hutchison’s harassment and wrong-doing federal suit in 2009. Claims against the county were later dropped last year by the judge. Hutchison and Anderson reached an out-of-court settlement in March. The details were sealed.

The county has a separate lawsuit concerning about $140,000 in legal fees that it says should have been paid by its insurance carrier.

Dorr earlier ordered Anderson to pay $24,949 to Hutchison for costs she incurred for such things as transcripts of depositions and copies.

Another case against Anderson is pending by a current court employee, Mildred Williams. A Webster County jury is slated to hear in the case in September.



PDF: Judge’s decision

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