Monday, January 25, 2016

City Attorney, Robert Tafoya, Loses Closes to $1 Million at Trial Today

Sad Picture of Robert Tafoya
Today, Robert N.-Tafoya loses trial for his client Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram Yoga, in a sexual harassment case. The compensatory damages came out to $924,500 alone.

The jury also found that there will be an award of punitive damages, which will mean that damages can be double, triple, quadruple, or even more.

You can read more about it on the LA Times here: Yoga guru Bikram Choudhury must pay $900,000 to former employee, jury decides

I'm not sure if attorney's fees are part of a sexual harassment claim in California, but if they are, I wouldn't be surprised if another million is awarded in attorney's fees.

As I stated earlier in my post, how can a city attorney be taking on such a complex case and still be diligently working for the city? Doesn't it compromise the attorney's duty of loyalty to both clients?

For instance, tomorrow, the city attorney has a big hearing against me in the Casas case. After he spent so much time preparing for this trial, how are there enough hours in the day to work on the Casas case?

Also, regarding the Bikram sexual harassment case, the Tafoya and his law firm was fined twice with Attorney's Fees because it wouldn't release information. This, too, has been happening in my case. Is this how a city attorney should be behaving?

In any event, win or lose, I'm going to tell everyone what happens tomorrow. The public has the right to know what's going on with this case, since it is a public interest case. 

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