Chicago pays the NRA 1.4 million for legal fees

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Feb 7, 2013
 
Story from The American Rifleman Magazine, February 2013:

The City of Chicago and the suburb of Oak Park have been forced to pay the $1.4 million in legal fees the National Rifle Association incurred regarding the McDonald v. City of Chicago case ruled on by The United States Supreme Court.

Chicago paid in two checks to the NRA:
-Check #41662994 drawn on JPMorgan Chase Bank on October 4, 2012
$663,294.10
-Check #41664175 drawn on JPMorgan Chase Bank on October 10, 2012
$125,000.00

Oak Park paid the NRA:
-Check #078899 drawn on US Bank on October 11,2012 $663,294.10.

The fees were recovered by the NRA under a federal law that requires governments to pay the legal fees of "prevailing parties" in litigation to enforce federal civil rights laws. Chicago and Oak Park repealed their handgun bans after the McDonald decision, then tried to claim that the plaintiffs challenging the laws weren't "prevailing parties." Ironically, when a federal appeals court rejected that argument, it just drove up the government's tab due to the expense of the additional litigation.

And for a final touch of poetic justice, Chicago's check was signed by none other than Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Too bad Emanuel couldn't have better spent that money fighting, gangs, drugs and murder.
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A defeat for Liberals wrote:
Story from The American Rifleman Magazine, February 2013:
The City of Chicago and the suburb of Oak Park have been forced to pay the $1.4 million in legal fees the National Rifle Association incurred regarding the McDonald v. City of Chicago case ruled on by The United States Supreme Court.
Chicago paid in two checks to the NRA:
-Check #41662994 drawn on JPMorgan Chase Bank on October 4, 2012
$663,294.10
-Check #41664175 drawn on JPMorgan Chase Bank on October 10, 2012
$125,000.00
Oak Park paid the NRA:
-Check #078899 drawn on US Bank on October 11,2012 $663,294.10.
The fees were recovered by the NRA under a federal law that requires governments to pay the legal fees of "prevailing parties" in litigation to enforce federal civil rights laws. Chicago and Oak Park repealed their handgun bans after the McDonald decision, then tried to claim that the plaintiffs challenging the laws weren't "prevailing parties." Ironically, when a federal appeals court rejected that argument, it just drove up the government's tab due to the expense of the additional litigation.
And for a final touch of poetic justice, Chicago's check was signed by none other than Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Too bad Emanuel couldn't have better spent that money fighting, gangs, drugs and murder.
Liberal politicians don't mind writing checks, it is always other people's money.
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Judge orders NRA to recalculate lawyer fees Oak Park required to pay

Judge orders NRA to recalculate lawyer fees Oak Park required to pay
Ruling reduces initial proposed legal costs by nearly 50 percent

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 5:13 PM

Updated: Monday, July 2nd, 2012 3:10 PM
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By Anna Lothson



Click here to read the judge's ruling.

A senior U.S. District judge has ordered the National Rifle Association to resubmit a recalculation of its lawyer fees after determining the fees for the lawyers and firms chosen to represent the organization in its case against Oak Park and Chicago were excessive.

Following the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned Oak Park and the City of Chicago's handgun ban, the NRA requested the cities pay its attorneys' fees. According to a June 25 court document, the NRA submitted a petition claiming more than $1.7 million in fees and expenses for the cases combined. Oak Park was responsible for roughly $326,000 of that amount.

Village trustees passed a resolution in 2008 that accepted an offer from the city of Chicago to pay for Oak Park's portion of NRA's legal costs, but in 2011 city attorneys did not end up agreeing to the deal, according to a Wednesday Journal article published in January of this year.

The NRA was represented by several lawyers and firms, with Stephen Halbrook named as lead counsel. Attorneys from Freeborn & Peters law firm served as local counsel in the Oak Park case. Brenner, Ford, Monroe & Scott law firm served as the local counsel in the Chicago area. Cooper & Kirk assisted Halbrook in a handful of hours on the case.

Halbrook's claims make up about $1.3 million of the total, billing at an $800 hourly rate. He clocked 1,632.8 hours on the case, according to court documents.

Judge Milton I. Shadur ordered Halbrook, and the other firms involved to reduce their fees. Halbrook took the biggest hit, as the ruling calls for reducing his rate nearly by half.

The NRA argued Halbrook is entitled to that hourly rate based on the earnings of other lawyers who practice constitutional law.

"But NRA cherry-picked its asserted comparators from among the highest-charging lawyers in the country," Shadur wrote.

Shadur noted the NRA looked "exclusively" at rates of experienced Supreme Court litigators.

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By Anna Lothson

Click here to read the judge's ruling.

A senior U.S. District judge has ordered the National Rifle Association to resubmit a recalculation of its lawyer fees after determining the fees for the lawyers and firms chosen to represent the organization in its case against Oak Park and Chicago were excessive.

Following the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned Oak Park and the City of Chicago's handgun ban, the NRA requested the cities pay its attorneys' fees. According to a June 25 court document, the NRA submitted a petition claiming more than $1.7 million in fees and expenses for the cases combined. Oak Park was responsible for roughly $326,000 of that amount.

Village trustees passed a resolution in 2008 that accepted an offer from the city of Chicago to pay for Oak Park's portion of NRA's legal costs, but in 2011 city attorneys did not end up agreeing to the deal, according to a Wednesday Journal article published in January of this year.

The NRA was represented by several lawyers and firms, with Stephen Halbrook named as lead counsel. Attorneys from Freeborn & Peters law firm served as local counsel in the Oak Park case. Brenner, Ford, Monroe & Scott law firm served as the local counsel in the Chicago area. Cooper & Kirk assisted Halbrook in a handful of hours on the case.

Halbrook's claims make up about $1.3 million of the total, billing at an $800 hourly rate. He clocked 1,632.8 hours on the case, according to court documents.

Judge Milton I. Shadur ordered Halbrook, and the other firms involved to reduce their fees. Halbrook took the biggest hit, as the ruling calls for reducing his rate nearly by half.

The NRA argued Halbrook is entitled to that hourly rate based on the earnings of other lawyers who practice constitutional law.

"But NRA cherry-picked its asserted comparators from among the highest-charging lawyers in the country," Shadur wrote.

Shadur noted the NRA looked "exclusively" at rates of experienced Supreme Court litigators.

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Judge orders NRA to recalculate lawyer fees Oak Park required to pay
Judge orders NRA to recalculate lawyer fees Oak Park required to pay
Ruling reduces initial proposed legal costs by nearly 50 percent
Thursday, June 28th, 2012 5:13 PM
Updated: Monday, July 2nd, 2012 3:10 PM
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By Anna Lothson
Click here to read the judge's ruling.
A senior U.S. District judge has ordered the National Rifle Association to resubmit a recalculation of its lawyer fees after determining the fees for the lawyers and firms chosen to represent the organization in its case against Oak Park and Chicago were excessive.
Following the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned Oak Park and the City of Chicago's handgun ban, the NRA requested the cities pay its attorneys' fees. According to a June 25 court document, the NRA submitted a petition claiming more than $1.7 million in fees and expenses for the cases combined. Oak Park was responsible for roughly $326,000 of that amount.
Village trustees passed a resolution in 2008 that accepted an offer from the city of Chicago to pay for Oak Park's portion of NRA's legal costs, but in 2011 city attorneys did not end up agreeing to the deal, according to a Wednesday Journal article published in January of this year.
The NRA was represented by several lawyers and firms, with Stephen Halbrook named as lead counsel. Attorneys from Freeborn & Peters law firm served as local counsel in the Oak Park case. Brenner, Ford, Monroe & Scott law firm served as the local counsel in the Chicago area. Cooper & Kirk assisted Halbrook in a handful of hours on the case.
Halbrook's claims make up about $1.3 million of the total, billing at an $800 hourly rate. He clocked 1,632.8 hours on the case, according to court documents.
Judge Milton I. Shadur ordered Halbrook, and the other firms involved to reduce their fees. Halbrook took the biggest hit, as the ruling calls for reducing his rate nearly by half.
The NRA argued Halbrook is entitled to that hourly rate based on the earnings of other lawyers who practice constitutional law.
"But NRA cherry-picked its asserted comparators from among the highest-charging lawyers in the country," Shadur wrote.
Shadur noted the NRA looked "exclusively" at rates of experienced Supreme Court litigators.
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Thanks Red, funny how the children make claims, that are bald faced lies, then "come onto" on other guys ?? LMAOROTFU~! Seems like fining a teabagger man, would be like crassass showing ! LMAOROTFU~! UNLIKELY !!!

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