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Boca whistle-blower case settled before going to trial

By Jane Musgrave - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

A whistle-blower trial that was expected to expose allegations of wrongdoing in Boca Raton water plant operations ended Tuesday before it began.

Called to the Palm Beach County Courthouse to begin jury selection for what was supposed to be a roughly three-week trial, attorneys announced they had reached a conditional settlement with former water utility programs coordinator Christine Ferrigan. The 23-year utility worker claimed she was fired in December 2008 for alerting state regulators to problems that she believed were contaminating city water, putting 128,000 customers at risk.

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