This just in: a San Francisco jury has found that a breakaway healthcare union and its officers violated their fiduciary duty to SEIU, their former boss. This has been a highly contentious case (free reg. req.), pitting SEIU President Andy Stern — a close Obama ally — against his onetime rival in the union, Sal Rosselli. Stern filed this lawsuit in order to crush the upstart competitor.
If the devil is in the damages, it looks like Rosselli and his National Union of Healthcare Workers got off light. The jury penalized NUHW only $724,000 — far less than the millions SEIU had been seeking. Several of the individual defendants got hit with damages, but they top out at $77,000 (Rosselli will have to pay about $70,000). Certainly those amounts will be difficult for the individuals — assuming they are not indemnified — but this verdict doesn’t look like the knock out blow Stern hoped it would be.
For more on the verdict, check out Beyond Chron.