Settled: Madera Unified ($162,500)

Plaintiffs requested $1.8 million in fees, but the judge reduced the award to “only” $162,500 (and the District had to pay its own legal team)

From the Associated Press: A Madera County judge slashed more than $1.6 million from legal fees sought by attorneys who filed a lawsuit against a school district over the way it conducted elections, officials said Thursday. The Madera Unified School District did not contest the 2008 lawsuit, but lawyers billed the district for $1.2 million, a fee later increased to $1.8 million, according to district officials. The district called the attorneys’ bill a money grab and feared it would force administrators to cut money for books and lunches to pay it. Continue reading…

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