COURT AWARDS OVER HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN ATTORNEY’S FEES

Judge Nakisha Ervin-Knott of the Civil District Court ordered the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board to pay $577,000 in attorney’s fees and costs in the first five SELA cases litigated before the court in April.

The court verified the amount of fees using a 10-point analysis.”We submitted voluminous time records, cost records, invoices and data,” said Attorney Michael Whitaker. “We were forced to hire a geotechnical engineer, a civil engineer and a real estate expert to prove our damages. The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board has refused our repeated efforts to mediate or settle these claims and is wasting taxpayer dollars by having to engage their own expert witnesses as we continue to try these cases in court, a long, slow and expensive process.”

The award applies to only the first 5 cases. The next trial of ten cases is set for October. A total of 300 cases were filed.

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