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Lawyerist: There is a lot of discussion lately about the need for lower-cost legal fees. This is an important discussion for lawyers to have, but I think it is also important to stop and reflect on why hiring a lawyer is so expensive in the first place.
One News Now: Phil Burress of Citizens for Community Values says the $95,000 settlement the school paid was a waste of taxpayers’ money. He argues there are organizations, such as Alliance Defending Freedom, that would have defended the school district pro bono.
Columbus Dispatch: The American Civil Liberties Union must be feeling very proud about now. It has succeeded in removing the dreadful menace to young minds hanging in a school building in Jackson . . . Now a small Appalachian school district must pay a $95,000 settlement as a result of the lawsuit.
Christian Post: The district intended to fight the lawsuit, but after their insurance company refused to pay for legal costs and damages, administrators had little choice but settle . . . “At the end of the day, we just couldn’t roll the dice with taxpayer money,” Howard told AP, saying the district’s lawyers advised him to settle. “When you get into these kinds of legal battles, you’re not talking about money you can raise with bake sales and car washes. It’s not fair to take those resources from our kids’ education.”
AP: The ACLU in a statement said the agreement requires the district to permanently remove the portrait and to pay the organization damages and legal fees “totaling nearly six figures.”
WTOP.com: A federal judge has ordered the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors to pay a woman’s legal fees in her battle over prayers at public meetings.
Federal Court Dismisses Christian School’s Attempt to Stop Teachers From Suing and Awards Attorney’s Fees
Religion Clause Blog: In Family, Life, Faith and Freedom Educational Corporation v. Serrano, (CD CA, May 28, 2013), a California federal district court dismissed a lawsuit that was brought by a private Christian school against two of its teachers and the teachers’ attorneys seeking to enjoin them from filing an employment discrimination suit against the school in state court . . .
Boston Globe: A federal judge said today that he would award more than $700,000 in legal fees to the team of lawyers who represented Michelle Kosilek, the convicted murderer who sued the state for a sex change operation to treat her gender identity disorder. Chief US District Judge Mark L. Wolf . . .
TN: Sumner Co. School system goes to mediation over teacher prayer, ACLU wants $284,321 for attorney’s fees
Tennessean: The Sumner County Board of Education and American Civil Liberties Union settled a lawsuit over teacher-prayer and promoting Christianity in schools in December, but the two sides will soon head to mediation to work out a compromise in attorneys’ fees. Court records show attorneys representing the ACLU, the prevailing plaintiffs, are asking a judge to award $284,321 for legal fees and litigation expenses to be paid by the school board.
CBS: The federal court judge who presided over the federal case has ordered the city to repay the Scouts $877,000 in legal fees.