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Schools won’t have to pay more to lawyers

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webmaster | 04/28/12

A state appellate court has upheld a Madera County Superior Court judge’s decision regarding the amount of attorneys’ fees to be paid by the Madera Unified School District as part of a 2008 lawsuit which challenged the school district’s method of electing its governing board members.

According to documents obtained by Jake Bragonier, MUSD public information officer, the Feb. 28, 2012, ruling of the Fifth District Court of Appeals upheld Madera County Superior Court Judge James E. Oakley’s ruling from August 2010, which stated MUSD was responsible to pay only $162,500 in attorneys’ fees to the San Francisco-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, the law firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, and Seattle University assistant law school professor Joaquin Avila.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Madera residents Maria Esther Rey, Carlos Uranga and Jesse Lopez, whose attorneys sought $1.8 million in legal fees.

The plaintiffs’ attorneys have said they do not intend to proceed further with a petition for review by the State Supreme Court...


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