The plaintiff, Captain Michael Gilliam, claimed that his demotion was a direct result of his report of Hellwig's alleged activities to to Plainfield's business administrator. According to the blog Plainfield Today, Hellwig retired in late 2013.
The case is captioned Gilliam v. Plainfield, Docket No. UNN-L-2104-11 and Gilliam's attorney was Cahn & Parra of Edison. Case documents are on-line here.
The settlement agreement contains a confidentiality clause, which prevents the parties to the suit from publicly disclosing the settlement terms. Fortunately, however, these confidentiality clauses do not trump the public's right to obtain copies of settlement agreements that arise out of lawsuits in which a government agency or official is a defendant.
None of Gilliam's allegations have been proven or disproven in court. The settlement agreement resolution expressly states that the concessions and payment do not constitute an admission of wrongdoing by Plainfield or any of its officials. All that is known for sure is that Plainfield or its insurer, for whatever reason, decided that it would rather settle with Gilliam than take the matter to trial. Perhaps the defendants' decision to settle was done to save further legal expense and the costs of trying what were in fact exaggerated or meritless claims. Or, perhaps the claims were true and the defendants wanted to avoid being embarrassed at trial. This is the problem when cases settle before trial--it is impossible to know the truth of what really happened.