The University of Colorado is seeking to recover funds it spent fighting a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a professor who was fired on plagiarism charges after he likened some Sept. 11 terrorist attack victims to a Nazi leader.
CU filed its bill for more than $52,000 in court last week.
The Denver Post got into the issue of "prevailing party":
A Denver jury found that CU unlawfully fired Churchill for exercising his right to free speech but only awarded him $1 in damages. After considering the jury's ruling, Chief Denver District Court Judge Larry Naves declined to award Churchill his job back or any compensation. Churchill has vowed to appeal the ruling.
Colorado law requires the court to award the "prevailing party," in this case CU, "reasonable costs."