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Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
News Release
Thursday, February 24, 2011

METRO AND FORMER CHIEF COUNSEL SETTLE LAWSUIT

Houston – The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (New METRO) announced today that METRO and its former General Counsel have agreed to settle Cause No. 2010-24578, styled Pauline Higgins v. Frank Wilson, David S. Wolff, and Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas, in the 127th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas, involving the remaining dispute arising from the events involving Ms. Pauline E. Higgins’s departure from METRO surrounding the actions taken by the previous METRO Administration.  METRO and Ms. Higgins have concluded that a settlement will serve the interests of all parties as METRO moves forward under new leadership.  Both METRO and Ms. Higgins are moving forward, committed to best practices and transparency in METRO’s operations.   METRO recognizes her significant contributions in these areas to the benefit of the organization and the City of Houston.

METRO recognizes and thanks Ms. Higgins for working collaboratively with METRO to resolve the dispute, and wishes her the very best in her future endeavors.  “I appreciate the way Pauline conducted herself during this process,” said METRO’s CEO, George Greanias.  “I am particularly grateful that Ms. Higgins has agreed to receive only payment for the attorney’s fees that she has incurred and has additionally agreed to forgo any compensation for personal damages.” 

METRO also expresses its disappointment for the circumstances surrounding Ms. Higgins’ departure from the organization.  METRO’s Chairman, Gilbert Garcia, noted: “The new Metro regrets and disapproves of the inaccurate statements made about Ms. Higgins in the media regarding her departure from METRO.  We appreciate Ms. Higgins’ efforts to help us conclude this legacy issue so that we can concentrate on safe, reliable, convenient and affordable public transit and mobility services that our customers and taxpayers deserve.”




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