Monday, March 09, 2015
Judge signs off on more than $79,000 in fees and expenses in Occupy Honolulu case
by Larry Geller
Judge J. Michael Seabright signed off this morning on a payment of $79,093.45 in attorneys fees in the case of De-Occupy Honolulu et al v. City and County of Honolulu et al, which settled at the end of July, 2014 with the payment of damages to the plaintiffs.
Judge Seabright also awarded plaintiffs $594.33 in costs.
The (de) Occupy plaintiffs argued and won their settlement essentially on the basis that the City acted illegally in seizing and destroying their possessions. Should cases be brought on behalf of homeless citizens of Honolulu whose personal possessions were shown on video to have been similarly destroyed by city workers in garbage trucks, it is conceivable that taxpayers could be liable for considerably more in fees and costs.