Kudos to Brian Ballard, Lance Block & Mike Corcoran for waiving their fees in Eric Brody claims bill

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An attorney and lobbyists agreed Thursday to waive their fees to help pass a high-profile claims bill that would compensate Eric Brody for debilitating injuries he suffered in a car crash with a Broward County sheriff’s deputy, reports the News Service of Florida. Attorney Lance Block, who has represented Brody since the 1998 crash, and lobbyists Brian Ballard and Mike Corcoran asked Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, to file an amendment to the claims bill (SB 4) to eliminate a fee provision. “I’m able to walk and talk and get up and go to work every day,” Block said. “Eric can’t. He deserves all the money. I’m proud to have represented him for a fee or no fee.” The House and the Senate have disagreed about fee limits for attorneys and lobbyists handling claims bills this year. That posed a potential problem as the chambers try to reach agreement on a $10.75 million claims bill for Brody, who suffered brain damage in the accident. Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, has made compensating Brody a priority. The House proposed capping fees in the Brody case at $400,000, while the Senate approach would have allowed them to reach nearly $2.7 million. If the House approves an amendment to eliminate the fees, the bill then would return to the Senate for final passage.

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