County needs more time in lawsuit

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Courts > Former LAPD chief claims benefits were stopped

By Tris DeRoma

In a lawsuit over whether Los Alamos County needs to honor a former employee’s long term benefit claim, the county has asked for more time to produce documents and evidence going all the way back to 2005.
In February, former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy, 57, opened a lawsuit against the county for allegedly discontinuing his long-term disability benefits.
In a response to his lawsuit, the county said it needs more time to gather documents for its defense, saying that much of the dispute stems from alleged misunderstandings Torpy had concerning his benefits as a Los Alamos County employee when he was hired to be the Los Alamos’ police chief in 2005.
“This case involves events that occurred around March 2005,” a statement from the county read. “Much of the information relevant to LAC’s (Los Alamos County’s) defenses is likely contained in 10-year-old documents that aren’t readily available…Similarly, key witnesses may be difficult to locates, as they may be employees of the insurer or a consulting firm retained by LAC in 2005, or they may be longer employed by the county.”
In an effort to identify and get a hold of some of those documents, Torpy is due to give a deposition sometime next week.

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