Oregon's former first lady settles with Oregonian over legal fees

A judge in the 2015 suit released most of the emails and ordered Hayes to pay legal fees.

Posted: Mar 20, 2019 6:33 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The parent company for The Oregonian/OregonLive has reached a settlement with former first lady Cylvia Hayes that reduces the $128,000 in legal fees a judge ordered her to pay after her unsuccessful lawsuit to stop the release of her emails.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports terms of the settlement were read into the record of Hayes' bankruptcy proceeding this week.

A judge in the 2015 suit released most of the emails and ordered Hayes to pay legal fees. After the Oregonian filed a lien against her home, Hayes filed for bankruptcy.

Ethics investigators concluded that Hayes abused her access to Governer John Kitzhaber to land consulting work that paid over $200,000. The scandal led to Kitzhaber's resignation.

The settlement says Oregonian's parent company will accept $15,000 to satisfy the debt if paid within one year; or $20,000 if paid within five years, or $25,000 if paid within nine years.

Earlier this month, state ethics commissioners rejected a proposed settlement with Hayes for breaking ethics laws 22 times.

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