Lisa Behrens, the former Deputy Director of EMS, who is suing the MSB for wrongful termination, is accusing the MSB of threatening a key witness in her lawsuit.
Ms. Behrens filed a Motion for a Protective Order and for Sanctions against the MSB on January 7th. She claims that the MSB, through their contract attorneys – the law firm of Perkins Coie – threatened and intimidated witness William F. Gamble, constructively preventing his deposition. Mr. Gamble signed a “legal settlement” (which they are terming a Non Disclosure Agreement) with the MSB in 2017. According to Ms. Behrens’ Motion, Mr. Gamble has important (potentially dispositive) information relevant to her case. Thus, her attorneys wanted to take his deposition. However, Mr. Gamble was reluctant to participate in a deposition without either the MSB’s permission or a court order. Ms. Behrens’ legal team tried repeatedly to no avail to get the MSB to inform Mr. Gamble that the NDA did not prevent him from sitting for the deposition. Finally, on the morning of the deposition, the MSB’s Perkins Coie attorney called Mr. Gamble “threatening him should he testify in deposition.”
The MSB denies these accusations.
A two hour hearing on this motion is scheduled for Thursday, March 22nd, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Palmer Superior Court.
Here is the Motion (with lots of exhibits), the MSB’s Opposition (with exhibits including an affidavit from MSB Atty Nick Spiropoulos), and the Reply.