Lafayette, La. (KADN) — A settle agreement was recently made public in which LCG, or the Lafayette City Parish Government, paid $1.4 million to settle a lawsuit brought on by former city attorney and Lafayette resident Steve Dupuis. Dupuis' home on Twin Oaks Blvd. near the Blackham Coliseum was damaged due to erosion caused by a city drainage coulee that runs through the neighborhood. Mr. Dupuis tried to settle with the city before filing the lawsuit in 2009 for under $12,000, but his offer was not accepted.
LCG is not required to release records regarding how the settlement had reached such a large amount. The state's public records law allows for government agencies to keep certain documents secret that contain the opinions of legal counsel. The Dupuis Settlement was one of the largest by LCG in years. It is only topped by the $3.4 million settlement in 2013 over LCG's decision to block a garbage transfer station in Upper Lafayette.