Hogan lawyer makes $200M 'final offer' in HBCUs case

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Posted at 9:44 PM, Sep 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-27 21:44:48-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An attorney for Gov. Larry Hogan has made a "final offer" of $200 million to settle a long-running lawsuit involving Maryland's four historically black colleges.

Robert Scholz, Hogan's chief legal counsel, wrote in a letter to Del. Darryl Barnes on Thursday that the offer would be over a 10-year period, starting in fiscal year 2021.

Scholz wrote that the settlement would remove "the very substantial litigation risk" now faced by plaintiffs in the case.

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