Offer of judgment accepted after two years of litigation.

After two years of ongoing litigation, the three banned volunteer animal rescue workers fromHempstead Town Animal Shelter have won their case against the town.

It was announced Tuesday that the plaintiffs -- Diane Madden of East Meadow, Lucille DeFina of Merrick and Frances Lucivero‐Pelletier of Levittown -- had accepted an offer of judgment that their lawyer, Steven Morelli, referred to as a "total victory against the Town of Hempstead, Town Supervisor Kate Murray and various town officials."

Court documents state that the settlement totalled $150,000, including attorney's fees. A breakdown of the offer is as follows:

ourt documents state that the settlement totalled $150,000, including attorney's fees. A breakdown of the offer is as follows:

  • $36,456 to Madden
  • $36,460 to DeFina
  • $8,750 to Lucivero‐Pelletier
  • $68,334 to Morelli in attorney's fees

The trio filed a lawsuit against the town in U.S District Court in December 2010, claiming that they were penalized by the town for speaking out about alleged abuse at the shelter. The lawsuit also alleges that lies have been spread about the three women by Hempstead officials.

According to a release from Morelli:

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