Brodkorb: Firing was part of 'palace coup' plot to target Koch, her allies
A federal magistrate judge in the case of Michael Brodkorb, the former state Senate GOP staffer who sued the Senate after he was fired in the wake of his affair with former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, has lifted a gag order in the case. And Brodkrob is talking. He says GOP Senate leaders wanted to get rid of Koch and those close to her, the Star Tribune reports. He would not discuss some details about the affair.
Judge orders settlement talks for Senate, Brodkorb
The state of Minnesota and former Republican Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb on Thursday were ordered into confidential settlement talks by U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur J. Boylan, the Star Tribune reports. The sessions are to begin Sept. 24. The judge asked both sides to submit confidential letters that summarize their settlement positions, and he put a gag order on both sides to prevent them from talking to the media, the newspaper says.
Brodkorb, state narrow case over Senate firing
A former Minnesota Senate aide who was fired over an affair with the chamber's majority leader is slimming down his lawsuit against the state. Michael Brodkorb was fired last year after Senate leaders discovered his affair with then-Majority Leader Amy Koch. He is suing the state over the dismissal. Now he's dropping several invasion-of-privacy claims to focus on defamation and gender discrimination claims.
State Senate's legal bills in Brodkorb case reach six figures
Michael Brodkorb is a former staffer for Minnesota Senate Republicans whose lawsuit claims he was wrongfully fired. Majority Leader Dave Senjem says the suit has no merit and the Senate will prevail in court. Some DFLers fear the bills could climb to $1 million and want Republicans to set up a legal defense fund instead of using state money to pay the attorneys.
Brodkorb launches new blog
Former Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb has returned to his first love: Blogging. Though, he swears his new endeavor will be nothing like his liberal-bashing blog "Minnesota Democrats Exposed." The first post comes as Brodkorb continues his legal fight with the state of Minnesota over his dismissal from the Senate.
Minn. Senate seeks to move Brodkorb case to federal court
A lawyer for the Minnesota Senate is arguing that a lawsuit over a Republican ex-staffer's firing belongs in federal court instead of before a state judge, the Associated Press says. A filing Thursday seeks to transfer the lawsuit filed by Brodkorb, who contends he was wrongfully dismissed after an extramarital affair with then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch became known. Brodkorb's lawsuit was filed last month in state district court.
Ex-Senate employee Brodkorb files suit against Senate, state
Former Minnesota Senate employee Michael Brodkorb is filing suit against the state, the Minnesota Senate and the Secretary of the Senate, stemming from his firing late last year, the Star Tribune reports. Brodkorb was fired after then-Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch stepped down from leadership. She resigned after senators confronted her about the affair she was having with Brodkorb. In his suit, Brodkorb claims he was fired because he is male, "and therefore a member of a protected class based on his gender."
Brodkorb won't comment on meeting with top Senator; lawyer calls it 'a problem'
Michael Brodkorb's threatened lawsuit has prompted the Minnesota Senate to spend $85,000 preparing a defense. The former Republican staff member, who says he was wrongfully fired, met with Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem in a St. Paul coffee shop Monday. Brodkorb's lawyer says he was blindsided by the meeting and calls it a chance encounter he would not have authorized.
Senate panel agrees to pay legal bills in Brodkorb case on party line vote
The DFL leader proposed the Senate set up a legal defense fund to help pay the lawyers preparing a defense against a possible lawsuit. But the Rules Committee voted to allocate tax dollars for the legal fees. Michael Brodkorb is a former Senate Republican staffer who maintains he was wrongfully fired.
Legal bill in Brodkorb case nears $85K; no suit filed yet
The Senate Rules Committee will meet Wednesday to discuss how to proceed with the Michael Brodkorb case. The former staffer claims he was wrongfully fired over his affair with a Senator and has laid the groundwork for a gender discrimination suit. Brodkorb argues plenty of female staff members have affairs with Senators and go unpunished. The Senate is paying $330 an hour to defend itself, even before the suit is filed.
Minnesota Senate braces for another Brodkorb case legal bill
The Minnesota Senate still hasn’t paid the $46,000 bill for its defense lawyers' initial work in the Michael Brodkorb wrongful termination case, and another big bill is on the way, MinnPost says.
Lawsuit filed by former Senate employee costing taxpayers $330 an hour
The legal matters stem from an affair between former leader Amy Koch and fired Senate communications chief Michael Brodkorb. The Star Tribune reports the Senate is paying a Minneapolis attorney for legal advice to prepare its defense against claims in Brodkorb's lawsuit. Current Republican Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem was pressured to disclose the information even though it's not required.
Brodkorb denies misconduct during unemployment hearing
Ousted Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb stated in his application for unemployment benefits that he did not violate any Senate policies or commit employee misconduct.
Senate ethics panel adjourns with no decision in Geoff Michel case
A committee spent hours debating but in the end reached no decision on a complaint from Democratic Sen. Sandra Pappas, who alleges Republican Geoff Michel mishandled the Amy Koch affair and misled the public.
Brodkorb claims privacy breach
Shortly after being denied unemployment benefits, an attorney for former senate staffer Michael Brodkorb said he will be widening the wrongful termination lawsuit against the senate to include invasion of privacy. The Brodkorb camp believes information about his unemployment was illegally disclosed.