Insurance Company for Des Moines Public Schools Settles Nancy Sebring Lawsuit

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The insurance company for Des Moines Public Schools has settled a lawsuit filed by Nancy Sebring.

The lawsuit was in regards to the release of emails from the former superintendent's school district account. Sebring was suing the school district, and several members of the school board for invasion of privacy, emotional distress, and interference with a contract.

The insurance company for the Des Moines Public School District has agreed to a settlement of $350,000. Half of the settlement will go to Sebring and half will be given to her attorneys. The funds from the district’s budget will not be used, according to Amanda Lewis, Communications Officer for Des Moines Public Schools.

The school district thought they would win this case at the court level based on recent rulings, according to Lewis. The court has ruled over the past two months that the emails are public record under the state's laws.

However, to avoid additional expenses and the uncertainty of ongoing litigation from Sebring appealing the court's previous rulings, the insurance company for the school district ultimately chose to settle.

Sebring did release a statement through her attorney Monday saying:

"The lawsuit I vigorously pursued for more than two years was my attempt to shed light on issues regarding employee privacy. Now that the case is settled, I am free to bring attention to this topic in other ways. Having experienced the devastating effects of having purely private information go viral, I am in a unique position to add insight to the national conversation regarding individual privacy in the information age."

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