On Friday, June 23, 2023, JD Journal reported that Richard Posner, a former federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, is facing legal action for allegedly failing to pay an Indiana man, Brian Vukadinovich, $170,000 for his work at the Posner Center of Justice for Pro Se’s.

The lawsuit accuses Posner of failing to honor their agreement to pay Vukadinovich an annual salary of $120,000 for his role as the co-executive director of the Posner Center of Justice for Pro Se’s, as well as for personal work directly for the retired judge. Vukadinovich claims that Posner owes him a total of $170,000.

In response, Posner’s legal team has made several arguments. Firstly, they claim that Vukadinovich waited too long to file the lawsuit, potentially affecting the expiration of Indiana’s two-year statute of limitations. Secondly, they argue that Posner, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, lacked the legal capacity to enter into an agreement to pay Vukadinovich.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joshua Kolar has recommended dismissing Vukadinovich’s fraud claim against Posner but denying Posner’s attempts to dismiss claims of breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

Although Kolar’s recommendations lack the power of enforcement, Vukadinovich and Posner are given a period of two weeks to submit objections to his report. Ultimately, the final decision on the motion to dismiss will be made by a U.S. district judge.

After being appointed to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago by former Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1981, Judge Posner enjoyed a distinguished career and gained significant prominence. However, he surprised many by abruptly retiring from the bench in September 2017 at the age of 78. Shortly after his retirement, Posner established the center in the middle of 2018.

 

Source: JD Journal