|The jury's verdict will stand after Trutanich missed the deadline to file an appeal.|
Trutanich, using his 'Porcupine Defense,' rejected an offer to settle the case for $500,000. Because of Trutanich's infantile defense strategy, the jury awarded Chan and Benioff over $2M plus attorney fees.
But Trutanich's ineptitude does not stop there. The loudmouthed former
But while Trutanich licked his political wounds and re-grouped his political machine to launch his re-election campaign, the clock was steadily ticking away on the time left to file an appeal against the $2M verdict. As a further example of Trutanich's ineptitude, it now appears that Trutanich forgot to file an appeal. Some believe that an appeal would have succeeded in reducing the award, but in plain terms, Trutanich 'blew it.'
As a result of Trutanich's lack of attention not only does the jury award stand, but the City is also liable for interest on the award. That interest is understood to be calculated at 7% and is believed to be $398.39 a day for the 611 days since the April 11, 2011 verdict.
Because Trutanich failed to either pay the award or file an appeal, the City of Los Angeles will now have to pay an additional $243,419.29 in interest.
While Trutanich boasts and brags about the $235M he has 'saved the City,' the fact remains that those so-called savings are illusory - it's not real money that you can take to the bank. It's like going to CostCo and buying a flat screen tv for $500 that has a retail price of $1,000 - you 'saved' $500. But it's not real money. On the other hand, Trutanich's losses are real money loses. In the case of Chan et al v. City of Los Angeles, Trutanich has cost LA taxpayers $2.25M in real money. Money that could fill potholes, fix sidewalks, and pay for more police.
How much longer will Los Angeles put up with Trutanich's drunken sailor spending?