Superior Court Judge Affirms $14.8 Million Dollar Arbitration Award

On January 13, 2003, Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge J. William McLafferty, affirmed an arbitration award issued by retired Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, David Eagleson which awarded Gregory J. Parker 14.8 million dollars in damages, punitive damages, and interest against Wendy P. McCaw, the owner and CEO of the Santa Barbara News-Press.

In documents filed with the court, McCaw’s attorneys had argued that the 14.8 million award should be vacated on the grounds that Justice Eagleson was biased against McCaw and her entities. Judge McLafferty, however, was not swayed by McCaw argument and denied McCaw’s petition to vacate.