The city of Pittsburgh made settlement offers today to 25 plaintiffs who are suing collectively over their treatment at the hands of police during gatherings in Oakland following the G-20 Summit of world leaders in 2009.
The offers are open for two weeks, and the amounts were not disclosed. The offers are being made under Rule 68 in federal civil cases. If a plaintiff declines to settle, and later wins a jury verdict in an amount less than the offer, then the city cannot be made to pay any attorney fees that the plaintiff accrued beyond the date of the offer.
If a plaintiff accepts, then the city accepts a judgment of liability.
The plaintiffs, led by Galen Armstrong, are being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and allied attorneys.
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