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Miller, UMD Reach Tentative Settlement

UMD and Shannon Miller have reached a tentative settlement, according to the university. UMD and Shannon Miller have reached a tentative settlement, according to the university. |  Photo: WDIO

Updated: October 07, 2019 12:17 PM

Former University of Minnesota Duluth Women's Hockey Coach Shannon Miller and the university have reached a tentative agreement to settle her discrimination claims.

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An attorney representing the university informed the court about the agreement Friday but said it has not yet been signed.  The news came in a request for a ten-day extension of time to file any notice of appeal, a deadline which was originally set for Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Patrick J. Schiltz approved the extension Monday.

University spokesperson Lynne Williams confirmed that the university's legal team had reached a "global settlement agreement at both the federal and state levels" but said further information cannot be released until the agreement is finalized.

Last week, Miller's attorneys informed the court that she would accept a reduced award of $750,000 for emotional distress.  Schiltz had reduced the award from $3 million last month, calling the jury's original finding "shockingly excessive."

The jury had also awarded Miller $744,832 in past lost wages and benefits, and Schlitz last month granted a request from Miller for $2,327,772.63 in compensation for attorney's fees and $99,445.55 in expenses.

Also last month, the Minnesota Court of Appeals denied a request from Miller and former coaches Annette Wiles and Jen Banford to revive a discrimination lawsuit, saying the state lawsuit was filed too late under the statute of limitations.  The Duluth News Tribune reported that the plaintiffs asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to consider the case last week.

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