San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Michael Sachs issued a summary judgement October 10 ruling in favor of the City of San Bernardino and Council Member Sandra Ibarra in a lawsuit filed by former City Manager Andrea Miller. The ruling by the court effectively ends the lawsuit.
Miller filed the lawsuit in July 2020, alleging breach of contract, defamation, and false light. The court found that the City and Ibarra did not breach the terms of an earlier settlement agreement and that comments made by Ibarra on social media, as a matter of law, did not constitute defamation.
“We are pleased that the judge ruled in our favor and this case did not have to go on any longer,” said City Manager Robert Field.
The City of San Bernardino and Council Member Ibarra had filed motions requesting a summary judgment. A summary judgment is a final decision by a judge and is designed to end a lawsuit before the case goes to trial. A judge will issue such a ruling at the request of a party when the court finds that the facts of the case are undisputed, and one party is clearly entitled by law to the judgment.