According to the news provider, attorney Donald P. Russo was found responsible for $3 million in compensatory damages as well as $1.25 million in punitive damages stemming from his alleged failure to appear at a termination hearing in 2004 for a public school worker who had been fired.
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However, in a recent interview, Russo told the news source that he would not end up paying any of the money in the settlement because Reifer agreed to seek the damages from a third-party malpractice insurer for the attorney.
He said that the settlement "has the appearance of something bad, but in terms of real money value, I'll never pay a dime."
According to its Web site, the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 is one of 29 intermediate units across the state of Pennsylvania.