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Attorney alleges USC of 'cleanse the record' tactic


November 8, 2018

An attorney representing the WSU student who received a $40,000 settlement agreement on his suit alleging damages after colliding with a University of Southern California football player after last fall's football game in Martin Stadium, has alleged USC is making an effort to "cleanse the record."

Seattle attorney Susan Machler was asked by the court to prepare an order after the court ruled USC had delayed payment of the agreed settlement. She noted the agreement had been reached in August and signed Oct. 5 by USC's attorney and Oct. 10 by Liam Jimmons, the USC player who collided with the plaintiff, Kyle Departee, after Departee ran onto the Martin Stadium field.

In a notice to the court, Machler said she drafted a notice for a court order granting their motion to enforce the settlement, but it was not accepted by the defendant.

In a filing Oct. 22 she gave notice she would have presented the order in court last Friday, but it was not on the court docket. She did admit that her office had received the $40,000 settlement check.

Pac 12 officials early this week announced they had imposed a $25,000 fine on WSU after students and fans ran onto the Martin Stadium field after the Oct. 20 win over Oregon.


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