Virginia AG fights law firm over redistricting lawsuit fees
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorney General Mark Herring's office is disputing a $4 million request for legal fees from a private law firm that recently won a redistricting case.
Herring's office said in a Thursday court filing that Perkins Coie is seeking a "genuinely astounding fee award" after winning a June ruling. The case accused lawmakers of illegally packing black voters into certain legislative districts to make surrounding districts whiter and more Republican.
Republicans are appealing the ruling, and Herring argues that the question of legal fees should be decided later. Herring's office also said Coie's request should be significantly lower when it is decided.
Herring, a Democrat, hired the firm to help him in a 2013 recount battle. His political committee has paid the firm more than $500,000.
Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
West Virginia HeadlinesWest Virginia HeadlinesMore>>
Wednesday, August 15 2018 1:40 PM EDT2018-08-15 17:40:52 GMT
U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins is one of at least seven people who plan to run for a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals following the retirement of two justices during an investigation into excessive spending.More >>
Two prominent Republicans are seeking to fill a Supreme Court seat vacated amid a spending scandal.More >>
Thursday, June 8 2017 2:45 PM EDT2017-06-08 18:45:31 GMT
Authorities are identifying a Virginia woman who died after being struck by a windblown beach umbrella in Virginia Beach. Police identified the woman in a statement Thursday morning as 55-year-old Lottie Michelle...More >>
The internal watchdog for the Department of Defense has launched an investigation into the open burning of ammunition and explosives at military sites across the country, including at an Army ammunition plant in Virginia....More >>