Politicians Dipping into the Campaign Kitty for Legal Fees to Defend Against Scandals

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Jul 252014
 

As reported by the Daily News, New York State lawmakers have spent $7.5 million of campaign funds on legal fees since 2004. Furthermore, $300,000 alone was spent in the last “six months from political campaign accounts to cover legal fees stemming from multiple scandals.” The use of campaign funding to pay for defending oneself from scandals is not illegal under New York law. However, “how much of New York’s job growth can be attributed to the need for ever-increasing numbers of lawyers to defend state politicians?” Continue reading »

$1 Million Mistake: District’s Failure to Conduct EIR May Cost It Almost $1 Million in Legal Expenses

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Jul 222014
 

The Alliance for Responsible Neighborhood Planning successfully sued Burlingame Elementary School District, a Pennsylvania public school, for failing to prepare a comprehensive environmental impact report resulting from construction of Hoover Elementary School. The Alliance for Responsible Neighborhood Planning is seeking $996,482 in legal expenses related to the suit. “’An award of fees and expenses is warranted…because petitioners succeeded in enforcing an important right that significantly benefited the general public and/or a large class of persons, and the necessity and financial burden of private enforcement are such as to make the award appropriate,” according to the motion filed by the alliance’s attorney Kevin Haroff on Tuesday.” Continue reading »

Hazleton Immigration Law Causes the City to Possibly Face $2.8 Million in Legal Fees

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Jul 212014
 

Attorneys who challenged Hazleton’s Illegal Immigration Relief Act in a U.S. Supreme Court case are now seeking $2.8 million in legal fees.  In 2006, Hazleton’s immigration ordinance stirred up controversy as it “penalized businesses that hired illegal immigrants and landlords who rented to illegal immigrants.” Continue reading »

Wilson Center Costing Taxpayers Close to $1 Million in Legal Fees

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Jul 182014
 

Pennsylvania taxpayers are facing close to $1 million in legal fees as they struggle to control the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.  The dispute entails whether or not the center should be sold to a New York developer, 980 Liberty Partners, for $9.5 million.

The city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the state Attorney General’s Office object to this proposed sale in hopes of preserving the center as a “public asset.”  They claim “that deed covenants restrict the building’s use to a black cultural arts center.” Continue reading »

A-Rod-ic Behavior: Alex Rodriguez Sued by His Lawyer in Doping Suit for Unpaid Bills

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Jul 172014
 

David Cornwell, sports attorney, is suing Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez for unpaid legal expenses related to his suspension from Major League Baseball. Cornwell and his Atlanta-based law firm, Gordon & Rees, filed a complaint on Monday, July 14, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, claiming approximately $380,000 in unpaid fees. A spokesperson for A-Rod released a statement regarding the legal dispute, “Alex Rodriguez has already paid substantial legal fees to this firm. There are additional fees being sought from hours that continued to be billed and are the source of the disagreement between the parties. Alex looks forward to swiftly resolving this matter and moving on.” Continue reading »

Boston Redevelopment Authority Strikeout on Legal Fees Over Red Sox Deal

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Jul 162014
 

As reported by the Boston Herald, the Boston Redevelopment Authority has spent over $280,000 fighting investigations and lawsuits over the “controversial backroom Fenway deal with the Red Sox.”  The $287,470 in legal fees have been incurred through contesting an investigation by the State Inspector General Glenn A. Cunha, and combating  a lawsuit from an Everett business man “who was denied the chance to make an offer for the Yawkey Way concession rights because the BRA never put them out for a public bid.” Continue reading »

Down for the Count: Attorneys Wrestle Half of Requested Fees from Judge in Suit Over School’s Gender-Based Athletic Program

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Jul 152014
 

Attorneys representing a female middle school student in Williamsport, Pennsylvania  against her public school for its gender-based athletic program, were awarded approximately half of the fees they requested by a federal court. U.S. Middle District Judge Mathew W. Brann ordered that Line Mountain School District pay $70,948 out of the $140,681 requested due to some objectionable billing entries that appeared in the invoices. “He found some of the billed hours were duplicative and the hourly billing fees were unreasonable compared with the rate to practice in federal court in Williamsport.” Continue reading »

Exeter Possibly Hit With Over $250,000 in Attorney Fees and Costs

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Jul 142014
 

The town of Exeter may face over $250,000 in attorney fees over a long-time dispute with Brentwood. The disagreement all began about three years ago when Exeter “illegally placed an 8-ton weight limit on its 500-foot portion of Pine Road.” Continue reading »

College President Fails to Prove Copyright Infringement and Must Pay Over $34,000 in Attorney’s Fees

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Jul 112014
 

As reported by ABP News, U.S. District Judge has ordered College President Ergun Caner to pay more than $34,000 in attorney’s fees. This award was made based on a lawsuit that Caner brought against two bloggers who alleged that Caner made contradictions in his once famous “Jihad to Jesus” testimony.  “While not required to award attorney fees, Judge Moon said he chose to do so after concluding that Caner “acted with improper motive” in bringing the lawsuit and offered “frivolous arguments” to unnecessarily extend the litigation’s length and costs.” Continue reading »