The city of Los Angeles California must pay $700,000 to lawyers for skid row homeless people who successfully challenged a ban on sleeping in the streets, a federal appeals court has ruled.
The lawyers offered a year ago to settle for a fraction of that amount, said civil rights attorney Carol Sobel, who was on the legal team for the homeless people. Mayor Eric Garcetti, then a councilman, and other council members present for the December 2012 vote rejected the offer.
The city had argued it should not have to pay the attorneys' fees because it settled the underlying case in 2007. Under the settlement, the city agreed to stop arresting people camped out overnight on sidewalks until it could provide 1,250 new units of supportive housing.
Upholding a lower court ruling, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the homeless people prevailed and their attorneys' fees should be paid.Read More