METRO lawsuit settlement approved

HOUSTON As part of the settlement, METRO agreed to pay $40,000 in legal fees for Kelley. Kelley's lawsuit accused METRO of destroying documents he had requested.

Kelley agreed to settle the suit because METRO set up a new document retention policy. METRO also did not admit destroying any documents.

Lloyd Kelley's Michael West said, "With the board resolution, them coming into compliance with state law, there was nothing further to do in this case."

"This lawsuit was hanging out there," said Gene Locke, special counsel to METRO. "It had an adverse impact on our work generally and our efforts to get federal funding in particular."

West said Kelley also agreed to settle the lawsuit because the Harris County district attorney will determine whether METRO destroyed any documents requested by Kelley.

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