St. Landry

Aug 30, 2011 9:11 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

St. Landry Parish School Board contests legal fee

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry Parish School Board has asked a federal judge to throw out a request for nearly $10 million in legal fees from an attorney who filed the original school desegregation lawsuit against the parish in 1965.
Opelousas attorney Marion Overton White filed the request for legal fees in May after the long-running desegregation case came to an end earlier this year.
He is asking U.S. District Judge Tucker Melancon to award him $700 an hour for 14,136.5 hours of work.
In court filings on Monday, The Advocate reports school board attorney Gerard Caswell argues that White lacks adequate documentation to justify the hours, that the fee is unreasonable and that thousands of the hours that White has billed "are excessive and are completely unrelated to this case."

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