After accusing an employee of fraud and theft in a dispute about LEGO art, Iowa State University has settled out of court, paying all of her legal fees and backdated pay.\r\n\r\nThree years ago, Iowa State University claimed that Teresa McLaughlin\u2019s employment working on Nature Connects, the LEGO Certified Professional Sean Kenney\u2019s exhibit, was in conflict with her work for the University. She was sent a letter informing her that she was under investigation and much stop working for the institution.\r\n\r\nIn 2012, McLaughlin hired Sean Kenney to build sculptures for the University\u2019s Reiman Gardens, before taking on a role as director of Nature Connects. She worked with Kenney on a travelling exhibition of models that went to zoos, gardens and other locations around the world.\r\n\r\nNew Jersey Herald reports that by 2016 questions were being asked about the finances of the operation \u2013 McLaughlin was contracted to receive 10% on exhibit sales under her University of Iowa contract. Around the same time, there was a breakdown in the relationship between her and the University.\r\n\r\nWhen she received the letter from the University\u2019s legal team, McLaughlin stopped receiving the payments she was owed so filed a lawsuit, with led to counterclaims including \u201cbreaching her fiduciary duty and committing fraud\u201d.\r\n\r\nFor over two years, the legal battle has gone on, until the University withdrew its allegations amid a settlement. The former employee has received $225,000 in wages and attorneys\u2019 fees, will have health insurance until 2022 and has been given a letter explicitly stating that she was an honest employee during her tenure.\r\n\r\nTo continue to support the work of Brick Fanatics, please buy your LEGO sets from shop.LEGO.com and Amazon using our affiliate links.