An out-of-court settlement was reached last week in a lawsuit involving Sun Valley Mayor Dewayne Briscoe and his former fiancee Leslie J. Little. The settlement averted a jury trial that was scheduled to start in Blaine County 5th District Court on Tuesday, April 28.
The litigation involved the attempted collection of money Briscoe was allegedly owed by Little, and defense claims by Little of monetary offsets because of emotional distress she claimed was inflicted by Briscoe after their marriage plans ended.
Terms of the settlement were not publicly available on Thursday. However, both parties said they were relieved the litigation had ended.
“I am pleased this is over,” Briscoe said Thursday. “All of the allegations by Leslie Little were dismissed.”
Little referred questions to her legal counsel, Boise attorney Jeffrey A. Strother.
“The lawsuit was filed by a collection agency to collect alleged personal debt owed to Mayor Briscoe,” Strother said. “My client defended herself successfully by asserting defenses personal to her. The case was settled and my client is certainly satisfied with the financial resolution.”
The lawsuit was filed in June 2014 against Little and her company Icon Images by Blaine County Collectors, a company providing collection services on behalf of Briscoe.
Blaine County Collectors claimed in the lawsuit that Little owed Briscoe more than $40,000 from loans he had made to her. The company was also seeking attorney fees and an additional 50 percent of the amount claimed to be owed as a contingency fee.
As defenses to the complaint, Little claimed that the debt was previously forgiven by Briscoe, that she had incurred expenses that Briscoe agreed to pay for when their engagement was ended, and that “offsets” should be considered against the amount allegedly owed because she was subjected to emotional distress from Briscoe’s actions because of his “tortious invasion” of her privacy.
According to online Blaine County court records, a stipulation to dismiss the lawsuit was filed with the court by both parties on April 15. The stipulation stated that a settlement had been reached, but, as is usual in out-of-court settlements, did not state the terms of the agreement.
A judgment and civil disposition ending the litigation was entered by the court on April 15, when the case status was changed to “closed.”
Court records state that the case was dismissed “with prejudice,” which is a legal term meaning that the case cannot be refiled.
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