Monday, June 04, 2012

Chicago police to pay $6 Million to 2003 anti-war marchers who were arrested AND NOW AN ADDITIONAL $5 MILLION IN LAWYER FEES = $11 MILLION IN TOTAL

When the final bill for a 2003 anti-war march lawsuit brought by hundreds of people Chicago police arrested came before the city’s Finance Committee Monday, aldermen were looking at a figure nearly twice the size of the $6.2 million settlement reached in February.

The difference: nearly $5 million in lawyers’ fees, the result of litigating the case for nine years since the mass arrests at the end of a March 20, 2003 Iraq war protest march. Finance committee members approved the $11 million payout Monday, as well as another $1.14 million for a related lawsuit brought by 16 plaintiffs who did not join the class-action case, which represented some 900 people.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s corporation counsel, Steve Patton, said the city was “unlikely to prevail” in the case after a harsh appellate court ruling last year. If the case went to trial, the plaintiffs were asking for $11 million in damages. Even higher lawyers’ fees could have been added onto that tab.

While the legal fees in the class-action suit totaled $4.8 million on a $6.2 million settlement, the fees in the smaller case were nearly triple the settlement. That case was settled for $280,000, but legal fees came to $855,000, city officials said.

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Win,Lose,or draw,the Lawyers will always get paid.The Coppers will always get thrown in front of the bus..

Anonymous said...

This is why they always sue, they always get paid.

Anonymous said...

Paper burns at F 451°

People burn at F 1470°

Bill the EPA and save Burr Ridge

Now the triangle Asshole wants the World Series !

Rio De Janeiro will be a riot and the London Olympics party will be a bomb show.

Parasites never starve

I Voted For Obama said...

This is why Obama became a lawyer and why he loves them so. This is a total waste of taxpayer money.

Obama loves this so!!

I Voted For Obama said...

This is why Obama became a lawyer and why he loves them so. This is a total waste of taxpayer money.

Obama loves this so!!

Anonymous said...

The city law department needs to be fired and we need briskman & briskman!

Bring back the old traffic court lawyers that never lost a case and let them work for the city.

The corp. counsel group are all law school flunkies that could not get work at any law firm, even as interns.

Joe Blow

Anonymous said...

now you know the real reason very few arrest were made at NATO.

Anonymous said...

next time let them burn the fucking city down! when will we stop electing these insipid moronic boobs to mayor and aldercreatures. the corp council consists of drunks and hindis who cant be doctors or 7-11 owners!

Anonymous said...

NEVER join a class action, seems the lawyers get the most. Threaten to join the class action and settle out of court. But alas, the city may not settle with you because thier LAWYER BUDDIES "wink wink" will not make any $$.

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