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Teacher reports copyright violations, is fired by principal

A teacher that was fired shortly after he reported copyright violations to the principal of the school where he worked. This was before there was evidence of widespread financial impropriety within the school district.

The teacher claimed that teachers were photocopying copyrighted material without permission from the publishing company, and that the photocopies were valued around $500,000. The teacher reported this to his principal, and it is unclear if anything was done to address the issue. But what is clear is that the teacher was terminated shortly thereafter. The principal no longer works at the school in question either.

The teacher filed a lawsuit against the school district, which recently settled the lawsuit to the tune of $95,000. Little else is known about this case and few other details have emerged from the source article.

What we can say is that this is typical of many civil lawsuits. They often don't end the way people think they will: with a dramatic and just conclusion that finds the seemingly-guilty party held responsible for their actions as if it was the final scene of a movie. Instead, many civil lawsuits end in a far more mundane way. A settlement is reached between the parties where the plaintiff is guaranteed payment and the defendant doesn't admit guilt of any kind. Such is the word of civil lawsuits, in most cases. Still, these are important lawsuits that can hold reckless parties responsible for their actions.

Source: WBOC, "Sussex Tech School District Settles Wrongful Termination Lawsuit," July 5, 2017

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