Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration agreed to pay $3.24 million to settle a five-year-old lawsuit contending cops stopped and arrested people for trespassing on NYCHA property without probable cause, reported the New York Post.
But what is most interesting is that of $3.24 million, the plaintiffs– 11 of them total– in the law suit will receive a little under ten percent of that settlement, while 90 percent will go to the lawyers, reported the paper.
The Midtown firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, as well as the Legal Aid Society and the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund will get $2.95 million for their services while their clients will split the remaining $295,000, according to the settlement deal signed off by Judge Shira Scheindlin earlier this month.
Although it is not uncommon for attorney fees to exceed plaintiffs’ awards, the disparity in the settlement split draws questions around the real winners in the law suit– definitely not the city.
And the plaintiffs? You decide.