Marriage suit lawyer affirms request for fees | Arkansas Blog

Friday, July 10, 2015

Marriage suit lawyer affirms request for fees

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Cheryl Maples, who filed the first action challenging the Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage, has repeated her request for $256,060 in attorney fees and $3,243 in costs for her work on the case in which Judge Chris Piazza held the bans unconstitutional.

Maples also asks the court to multiply her fee by 1.5 to 2 as allowed for meritorious civil rights claims of this sort.

Jack Wagoner, who joined the legal team shortly after the case was filed, earlier had asked for $95,000 for his law firm's work, and also requested a multiplier.

Both the lawyers also have claims against the state for fees in the successful federal lawsuit filed by Wagoner and for Maples' work in a recent case in Judge Wendell Griffen's court in which he ruled people married in the week after Piazza's ruling in May 2014 were entitled to state benefits granted other married couples.

Piazza has been asked to set a hearing on the claims in his court.

The state's appeal of Piazza's ruling was dismissed without a judgment by the Arkansas Supreme Court, which sat on the case without ruling for eight months after "expediting" it. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is considering suggestions for completing an appeal of the federal court ruling in favor of challenges to the ban.


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