W. Pa. township settles Mexican workers' lawsuit

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh-area township has settled a false-arrest lawsuit filed by nine Mexican workers and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

Timothy Bish, the Frazer Township solicitor, says in a statement today that under the settlement the township police department denies any wrongdoing, but each plaintiff will receive an average settlement of $3,000 from an insurance carrier.

The men were legal temporary workers on a shopping trip at a J.C. Penney store. Bish says store employees had concerns that a $100 bill one of the men used was counterfeit, but that police later determined it was not. The men were taken in for questioning but released without being charged.

Bish says the men reached a separate settlement with J.C. Penney, but the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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