Ex-Treasurer's Employee Asks To Move Whistleblower Claim

Apr 27, 2016

File. Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A former Arkansas Treasurer's office employee is asking to move part of his defamation lawsuit against Treasurer Dennis Milligan and Milligan Chief of Staff Jim Harris to state court.

Former employee David Singer filed a motion in federal court Wednesday asking to move his Whistleblower Act claim and other state-based claims to circuit court. Singer argues the state waived a portion of its immunity claims when it requested to move the matter to federal court.

Attorney Byron Freeland for both Milligan and Harris says the court likely can't remand the whistleblower claim because it was filed after the case was moved to federal court.

Singer lawsuit claims among other things that Harris wrongfully released a defamatory email after his firing.