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L.A. asks high court to reverse fee award in homeless case
L.A. asks high court to reverse fee award in homeless case

The city of Los Angeles has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a $700,000 fee award to lawyers for skid row homeless people who successfully challenged a ban on sleeping in the streets. The city, in a writ filed to the high court Wednesday, argued the case was resolved by a private settlement, not a court judgment, and therefore the award was improper. Attorney fees generally go to the winning party in a lawsuit. With interest and other charges, the fees could top $1 million, a heavy burden for the city "with its precious resources already stretched to their limits and with the citizens of the City of Los Angeles enduring reductions in the most basic services,"...

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