Law

Attorney repays money received during Oneida Nation litigation





The attorney for Madison County in New York has repaid some of the money he received during the course of litigation involving the Oneida Nation.

John Campanie repaid $5,952 to the county and $30,074 to Nixon Peabody, the law firm that represented the county in the Oneida Nation's land claim. That's a small portion of the $800,000-plus he received while the county fought the tribe in court.

Campanie received his salary as county attorney while drawing the additional compensation. The arrangement ended after two tribal employees filed a lawsuit against him in state court.

Campanie is now seeking to have the case dismissed. Meanwhile, the county has increased his salary from $79,331 to $129,33.

Get the Story:
John Campanie's attorneys ask for Oneida Indian Nation employees' lawsuit to be dropped (The Oneida Dispatch 6/6)
Madison County, state ask judge to toss lawsuit brought by Oneida Nation employees over county attorney's pay (The Syracuse Post-Standard 6/5)

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