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Local couple wins damage award against former selectman

Posted by Ralph Ranalli June 17, 2007 12:40 PM


A local couple has won a lawsuit against a former selectman on charges of slander, loss of business sand emotional distress.

John and Laurie Pardee claimed that former selectmen Joan Bentley Walker in a July 1998 open public meeting accused them of vandalizing the restaurant at Westborough Country Club and not paying rent, according to the couple’s Worcester lawyer, Gary S. Brackett.

The Pardees, who operated the restaurant from 1984 to 1996, were before selectmen for a restaurant lease they did not secure.
A Worcester Superior Court jury on Monday awarded the couple $74,000, but the amount is closer to $125,000 after interest Brackett said.

-- Jennifer Rosnski

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