Jury awards N.J. whistle-blower $726K

    Jurors have awarded a retired Vineland police officer more than $700,000 in a whistle-blower lawsuit.

    Ronald Farabella filed suit in 2010 claiming he was transferred and subjected to harassment after he reported to his superiors allegations that numerous police officers may be involved in drug activities.

    He retired from the police department last year.

    His lawyer, Louis Barbone, tells The Daily Journal the jury has vindicated his client for years of pain and suffering.

    Jurors in Cumberland County on Tuesday awarded Farabella with $300,000 for emotional damage and additional $426,266 for economic damages.

    The panel is set to decide on whether to award punitive damages on Thursday.

    Vineland has not decided whether to appeal.

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