As reported by the Detroit Free Press, the law firm currently representing Detroit’s retirees in the current bankruptcy case is being “challenged for its practice of charging thousands of dollars for media relations services.” The law firm, Dentons, has billed the city of Detroit $3.16 million in the first quarter, with about $27,000 per month “to monitor media coverage, prepare summaries of media coverage and to respond to press reports.”
It’s been 22 months and the residents of New York and New Jersey are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy, specifically the policyholders whose homes have yet to be repaired. About 400 residents in New York and 450 in New Jersey are suing the government for giving insufficient insurance payments from a plan that offers a maximum of $250,000 in coverage. This issue has led FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to face a record high in legal fees.
“The city of Hoboken must pay attorney’s fees to a pro-rent control group that fought for a referendum to overturn a city ordinance that weakened the rights of tenants in rent controlled apartments.” The New Jersey Supreme Court decided in favor of awarding about $70,000 to the lawyer’s representing the Hoboken Fair Housing Association. The Court stated the reasoning for awarding attorney’s fees was under an interpretation of the Civil Rights Act. The Court believed that the “civil rights of the voters in Hoboken were violated.”
After four years, the debate of whether or not the Milwaukee Archdiocese can afford its legal bills continues. Although the church claims it’s too broke and even filed for bankruptcy in 2011, the creditors’ attorneys say “the archdiocese’s bank accounts regularly contain more money than the archdiocese predicted.”
A Colorado federal court awarded Disney half of its requested legal fees in Stan Lee Media’s copyright-infringement suit against it. U.S. District Judge William J. Martinez awarded Disney $239,941 of the “’grossly excessive’” $461,882 total requested. “’It shocks the court’s conscience that defendants would bill almost half a million dollars, or 900 hours, on a case with minimal discovery that was resolved on a motion to dismiss,’ the judge wrote.”