Tentative Agreement To Settle Federal Lawsuit By Former PHA Head Against Agency

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(Former PHA head Carl Greene, in file photo)

(Former PHA head Carl Greene, in file photo)

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By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The nasty legal fight between fired Philadelphia Housing Authority Executive Director Carl Greene and the agency is over. They’re settling out of court, and will present it to a judge on Monday.

Greene’s lawyer, Cliff Haines, says the lawsuit was as much about restoring his client’s reputation as it was about getting money:

“The monetary payment from PHA to Carl Greene is $625,000,” he said.

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PHA Interim Executive director Kelvin Jeremiah acknowledges that PHA had exhausted its insured limit of $1-million in legal fees in the Greene matter. He says “the conduct of the past” is behind them:

“We were concerned about our own reputation. We’re actually trying to move forward and turn the page on Greene.”

Greene’s breach of contract suit sought nearly $750,000. He was fired in 2010 for settling sexual harassment complaints against him without telling the PHA Board (see related story). The agency paid $1-million to settle complaints by four women.

The trial broke for settlement talks earlier this month (see related story), about a week into what was expected to be a three-week trial.

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