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Paul Harper offered to settle State of Texas ex rel. Best v Harper lawsuit for $68k back in 2016

29 December 2019 at 8:36:13 PM

On May 23, 2016 I made an offer to settle this frivolous lawsuit that was filed by George Darrell Best and the County Attorney Andrew Lucas acting on behalf of the State of Texas.
I have added it to the online case log here and the pasted below the contents of that letter:

May 23, 2016

RE: Cause No: C10369; George Darrell Best v. Paul Reed Harper; in the 249th
Judicial District Court, Somervell County, Texas
Dear Mr. Lucas,

As you know, the Texas Citizens Participation Act (the "Act") provides for a mandatory award of court costs, attorneys' fees, and sanctions to a party that succeeds on a motion to dismiss under the Act. TEX. ClV. PRAC. & REM. CODE 27.009. The Waco Court of Appeals has now acknowledged that my client is entitled to court costs, attorneys' fees, and sanctions against the State. Mr. Harper is confident that the Waco Court of Appeals' opinion will be upheld and, on remand, Mr. Harper intends to pursue recovery of the $137,029.78 in attorneys' fees and $993.78 in costs that he has incurred to date. Mr. Harper will also seek sanctions in an amount equal to or greater than the attorneys' fees incurred to date. Thus, your client's total monetary exposure is well over $250,000.

Attorneys' fees will continue to increase the longer this lawsuit continues. Mr. Harper is entitled, under the Act, to any fees incurred to recover attorneys' fees.

In an effort to get this matter behind him, Mr. Harper offers, in accordance with Texas Rule of Evidence 408, to drop his claims for attorneys' fees, costs, and sanctions against the State in exchange for payment of 50% of his total attorneys' fees incurred in the case, which amount is $68,514.89. This offer is on the condition that the State takes all necessary steps to dismiss its motion for rehearing and the underlying lawsuit. This offer will remain open for the next ten (10) calendar days, after which time it will be withdrawn.
I trust you will route this confidential offer to your client. We look forward to your response.

Mary H. Barkley

Then the attorneys reached out to County Attorney Andrew Lucas on June 1st, 2016. He said the State has no interest in the offer and is going to let this thing play out and only pay if there is a final judgment.

Well here we are 3 years later and there is a final judgment for $200,000 more than I offered, for a total of $268,723 + interest. Somervell County could have settled for paying $200,000 less 3 years ago than they owe now, wonder who made that $200,000 decision?

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