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Shockley v. Cascade County

Shockley v. Cascade County, 2016 MT 34 (Feb. 16, 2016) (Cotter, J.) (5-0, aff’d)

Issue: Whether the district court properly denied Shockley’s motion for attorney fees under § 2-3-221, MCA.

Short Answer: Yes.

Affirmed

Facts: Shockley sought disclosure of a settlement agreement between a Cascade County detention office, Jason Carroll, Cascade County, and Carroll’s collective bargaining unit, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 2. In 2014 MT 281, this Court held that Shockley had standing to assert a claim against the county for disclosure of the documents. The county had no objection to disclosure, and the district court entered Carroll’s default. The only party opposing disclosure was the union, which relied on the confidentiality provision of the settlement agreement, to which it was a party.…

Missoula County Public Schools v. Bitterroot Star

Missoula County Public Schools v. Bitterroot Star, 2015 MT 95 (March 31, 2015) (McGrath, C.J.) (5-0, aff’d)

Issue: Whether the district court properly held that a school district employee did not have a protectable privacy interest in investigatory documents, and that any privacy interest she had was outweighed by her position of public trust.

Short Answer: Yes.

Affirmed

Facts: Valerie Addis was the supervisor of food services for Missoula County Public School. During her employment in 2010, the school investigated Addis as to whether she had engaged in fraudulent or illegal financial transactions. Following the investigation, the school district instituted disciplinary action. Addis left the school district and filed a wrongful discharge suit.

The Ravalli County Commission then appointed Addis to serve as the county treasurer.…