The messy courthouse battle between former South Texas College of Law professor Neil C. McCabe and a student with whom he had an affair has ended three years after it began with a final judgment ordering the woman to pay McCabe a half-million dollars in damages and sanctions.

On Jan. 2, 333rd District Judge Joseph “Tad” Halbach signed a final judgment that disposes of all claims McCabe brought against his former student in Neil C. McCabe v. Kimmy Fox Fredericks, which McCabe filed in 2004. Halbach earlier had granted a partial summary judgment in McCabe’s favor on a defamation claim and granted his request for sanctions against Fredericks.

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