Six protesters issued citations during the 2011 protests against Act 10 were awarded financial damages after a one-day trial Tuesday.
Dane County Judge Frank Remington awarded plaintiffs Jeremy Ryan, Jenna Pope, Valerie Walasek, Lauri Harty, Anne Hoppe and her mother, Kathleen Hoppe, damages totaling $44,830.
The six protesters were issued citations while protesting Republican Gov. Scott Walker's legislation that significantly diminished collective bargaining rights of most public employees. All of their citations were dismissed within six weeks.
The plaintiffs filed a civil rights suit against several individuals within the Wisconsin Department of Administration, claiming the administrative code that required a permit to hold a sign on state property was ruled unconstitutional. The rule was declared unconstitutional in May.
On Tuesday, Remington awarded compensation for attorney fees, which ranged from $2,500 to $4,900 per plaintiff, as well as awards for loss of liberty, emotional distress and damage to reputation varying from $1,000 to $5,200 per plaintiff.