Plaintiffs in redistricting case seek $685K in legal fees

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Voting-rights groups and others who are challenging Florida’s redrawn congressional maps are asking the court for $685,000 in legal fees.

Two sets of plaintiffs filed briefs this week with Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis request a total of $685,420 in legal fees. They base the claim on having won the case after Lewis ruled two congressional districts unconstitutional.

Attorneys for a group of voters known as the “Romo plaintiffs” are asking for $419,983; lawyers representing “coalition plaintiffs,” including the League of Women Voters of Florida, are requesting another $265,436.50. Both two briefs contend the unusually complicated case was costly.

“As a group of non-profit organizations and private citizens who have relied on donations to carry on this litigation, coalition plaintiffs have been careful to incur costs only when reasonably necessary to prosecute this case at the time the actions precipitating the costs were taken,” according to one of the filed briefs.

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